The Mets wished Friday night time to be a blackout at Citi Area, however didn’t imply for it to incorporate their offense.
It was a busy commerce deadline day: Carlos Carrasco made his Mets debut after the Mets acquired Javier Baez, introduced again their black jerseys and shut down Jacob deGrom with an harm setback. However the Mets’ bats delivered the final word buzzkill Friday night time in a 6-2 loss to the Reds.
The Mets (54-48) fell to 7-8 because the All-Star break and have been left hoping that Baez’s arrival on Saturday can present a shot within the arm for MLB’s third-worst offense, which had been enjoying higher of late.
The jugular was there for the taking within the first inning, however the Mets got here up empty, failing to attain on a bases-loaded, no-out state of affairs that loomed massive the remainder of the sport. The Mets, who did get a run within the inning, solely mustered seven baserunners the remainder of the best way after letting the Reds (55-49) off the hook early.
Michael Conforto, who struck out with the bases loaded within the first inning, was the face of the Mets’ struggles Friday. He was booed on a number of events whereas going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, his batting common falling to .199.
Carrasco turned in a robust outing, regardless of permitting a house run on the primary pitch he threw in a Mets uniform when Jonathan India took him deep to steer off the sport. He threw 58 pitches throughout 4 innings, giving up the one run on three hits and one stroll whereas hanging out 4.
The Mets supplied little help in the best way of runs, although. Sonny Grey and the Reds bullpen at one level retired 15 straight batters into the eighth inning, at which level the Mets trailed 3-1. They lastly threatened, with runners on first and second with one out within the eighth, however Mychal Givens escaped by getting Jeff McNeil to come out and Pete Alonso to floor out to finish the inning.
The Reds then piled on with three runs within the prime of the ninth, together with India’s second house run of the night time, a two-run shot off Anthony Banda for the 6-1 lead.
The Mets scratched throughout a run within the backside of the ninth, however left two extra runners on to finish the night time the best way they began it.
Brandon Nimmo led off the primary inning with a single after which scored all the best way from first on a double by McNeil, tying the sport at one and increasing McNeil’s career-high hitting streak to 16 video games. Alonso adopted with a stroll and Dominic Smith singled to load the bases with no outs.
Grey was on the ropes, however the Mets couldn’t take benefit, as Conforto struck out and Jonathan Villar grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Grey, the previous Yankees right-hander, settled in from there, following up with 5 scoreless innings during which he solely allowed two hits.
The Reds obtained the lead again within the fifth inning off Miguel Castro. The reliever recorded two fast outs earlier than India doubled and Jesse Winker singled, placing the Reds up 2-1.
Joey Votto remained scalding sizzling within the sixth inning, homering in his seventh straight recreation with a solo shot off Drew Smith that pushed the Reds’ result in 3-1. The Cincinnati first baseman now has 9 house runs in his final seven video games.