LOS ANGELES — Alternative knocked, however the Mets dozed on the sofa with out answering the door.
Of their painful try to attain runs, there’s a spin-the-wheel checklist of causes for the Mets’ repeated failure. On Saturday, the wheel landed on “terrible with runners in scoring place,” sending the Mets to their eighth loss in 9 video games, 4-3 to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.
The Mets went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring place, although they matched the Dodgers in hits (with eight) and managed to hit two homers. The loss was the third in 4 video games since workforce proprietor Steve Cohen tweeted in frustration Wednesday, fuming about his “unproductive” hitters.
On today, there wasn’t a bigger missed alternative than within the fifth inning, when J.D. Davis struck out with the bases loaded towards Max Scherzer. However the Mets additionally had scoring possibilities within the first, fourth and ninth innings that went unanswered.
“We simply can’t end what we begin and it’s occurred numerous instances,” supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned.
Of their ultimate try, Jeff McNeill and Pete Aonso struck out in succession towards Kenley Jansen within the ninth to conclude the sport with the potential tying run at second base. The Mets fell three video games beneath .500 and have been 6 ½ lengths behind the Braves within the NL East as Saturday evening’s motion commenced.
Alonso’s third homer of the street journey, a two-run shot within the seventh, obtained the Mets inside 4-3. McNeil drew a two-out stroll — the slumping second baseman’s second straight time on base within the recreation — earlier than Alonso cleared the left-field fence for homer No. 28 this season.
Brandon Nimmo’s two-out homer within the fifth gave the Mets their first run. That was adopted, nevertheless, by a wasted alternative towards Scherzer: After the Mets loaded the bases, Davis struck out on Scherzer’s 103rd and ultimate pitch of the day, a 96-mph fastball. It was the second straight letdown with the bases loaded for Davis, who struck out within the eighth inning Friday evening in a one-run loss.
“It simply looks as if we’re having a more durable time placing some massive hits collectively, it form of breaks you,” Nimmo mentioned. “Pete clearly got here by right now with an enormous hit, nevertheless it’s seeming like these video games are taking a number of multiple — we’re needing to return by two or 3 times in video games in a giant scenario and that actually hasn’t occurred recently.”
Wealthy Hill gave the Mets 5 innings, wherein he allowed three earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts. In six appearances since arriving from the Rays on the commerce deadline, the left-hander has pitched to a 6.23 ERA. He has not recorded an out past the fifth inning since June 29, whereas nonetheless pitching for Tampa Bay.
Hill, dealing with the workforce for which he pitched from 2016-19, allowed solo homers within the first to Trea Turner and Albert Pujols to place the Mets in a 2-0 gap. Within the fourth, Chris Taylor went deep with two outs for the Dodgers’ third solo homer of the sport. Hill, who was eliminated after 71 pitches, indicated he would have most well-liked to stay within the recreation.
“I threw the ball nicely, however sadly gave up the three homers,” Hill mentioned. “However I need to keep within the recreation, all the time.”
The Dodgers added a run within the sixth towards Miguel Castro, who walked three straight batters within the inning, together with Taylor with the bases loaded. Jeurys Familia obtained three outs within the inning with out one other run scoring. However the Mets have been completed scoring after Alonso’s homer within the seventh.
“It’s actually powerful as a result of a number of weeks in the past we have been in first place and feeling actually good about issues,” Nimmo mentioned. “We knew a troublesome stretch was coming, however we have been assured in what we had. This positively has not been straightforward.”