In two games at Fenway Park this week, the Mets lineup looked more than formidable. Before and after is another story.
On Thursday night, most of the Mets’ strikers could trade seats with cut-out cards in the stands, and few would admit the difference.
And yet for a second right in the evening the game was there to take late innings, and the Mets could not deliver. This time they left the bases loaded in the eighth by losing 4-2 to the Red Sox at Citi Field.
After pushing on Matthew Barnes’ relief until the 37th step of the half, Andres Jimenez hit a blast to initially base for the final in the eighth, losing the chance for the Mets to return. Ionis Cespedes walked the eighth ground of his at-beat from Barnes to load the basics into inning Pete Alonso was drilled step by step, and J. D. Davis singled out.
For the second straight night Michael Conforto failed to put in a big place. Conforto hit Barnes with two runners at base after the right-hander fell behind 3-1. Conforto struck against Brandon Wardman with bases loaded ninth on Wednesday, contributing to the Mets’ 6-5 loss.
Only to complete the trouble on Thursday, Edwin Diaz allowed to run in the ninth for two walks, single and hit test, going with loaded bases and one. It was Diaz’s last flop that blew up a saving loss on Saturday, allowing Marcel Ozun to run home with two outs in the ninth. Paul Sewald helped contain the mess on Thursday by entering to get the last two outs without another run.
Veteran left-hander Martin Perres, who reached the 5.12 ERA last year and was no less lethargic this year, disappointed the Mets by limiting them to two runs for two hits and four runs for more than 5 ² / ₃ innings. Jeff McNeill’s two singles (one of which did not leave the field) were Metz’s only hits against Perez.
The Mets (3-4) have lost their second straight and will play six games in a row on the road, starting Friday in Atlanta. They shared four games against the Red Sox, winning two that were played in Boston.
In mediocre performance, Stephen Mats lasted 5 ¹ / ₃ innings and allowed three earned runs for eight hits with two walks and three shots, retreating after 104 pitches.
Matz peeked through his first four innings, throwing 80 rebounds, and hit a hole 3-2 on the second homer of the game of Christian Vazquez, a high double-sided shot to the left, which continued to carry the head of Davis. The explosion was the third in two days of Vazquez – he went deep against Seth Lugo the night before to tie the game in the seventh inning.
Vacquez’s second homer came on the sinker 0-2 on Thursday. Xander Bogaerts got on a backyard single, which leads.
Mats threw a 2-1 midfield in the second inning, which Vazquez scored for the solo homer. Matz was also allowed to get into the ground squad and take a walk on the inning before escaping.
McNeil’s two launched singles in the third inning gave the Mets their lead against Perez. In the inning, Wilson Ramos and Alonso each passed, and Brandon Nimmo was hit. McNeil held the opposite field across to the left, giving the Mets a 2-1 advantage.