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Mets Show Some Life, But Not Enough

Guardians 7 Mets 6 (Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH)


Mets record: 21-27

Mets streak: Lost 2


WP - Nick Sandlin (4-0)

LP - Adrian Houser (0-4)

SV - Emmanuel Clase (15)


Seat on the Korner:


We select the star of the game and virtually invite him to a Seat on the Korner, just as Ralph Kiner used to do for his studio postgame show on WOR-channel 9 broadcasts in the early decades of the Mets.




The Guardians best hitter lived up to his reputation with a 3-RBI night. In the 3rd inning, Ramirez's 2-out double drove home Tyler Freeman, increasing the Cleveland lead to 3-0. In the 5th inning, with the score 3-2, Ramirez connected on a 2-out 2-run home run, his 12th of the season, making the score 5-2.


Need to Know


  • The loss brought the Mets record on this road trip to 2-5, with tomorrow being the final game away from Flushing

  • Francisco Lindor had two more hits from the leadoff spot to raise his average up to .198 on the season

  • Mark Vientos had 2 extra-base hits, including a home run, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored

  • The Mets hit 3 home runs in a game for the first time since April 13th




  • Reliever Jorge Lopez pitched for the 6th time in the last 9 days, holding the Guardians hitless for an inning and a third

  • Beyond the game itself, the Mets received some bad news: reliever Brooks Raley will have to undergo season-ending surgery on his pitching elbow


Turning Point


After Jeff McNeil's 2-run home run in the top of the 6th brought the Mets within 1 run at 5-4, Cleveland quickly responded in the bottom of the frame. Will Brennan led off with a single, ending the night for starter Adrian Houser. Then, when the Mets brought Jake Diekman on in relief, the Guardians countered with pinch-hitter, David Fry. Fry greeted Diekman rudely by hitting his first career pinch-hit home run, bringing the Cleveland lead back up to 3.




Three Keys


This Old House(r)


In his first start back in the rotation since being moved to the bullpen a few weeks ago, Mets starter Adrian Houser ran into similar troubles to what's plagued him all season. Things began well for Houser as he got through the Guardians first 7 batters issue-free. However, he hit the 8th-place hitter, Bo Naylor, with a pitch and then gave up doubles to 3 out of the next 4 hitters. While he was able to temporarily stop the bleeding and allow the Mets to mount something of a comeback in the top of the 5th, any momentum they gained was lost when he gave up a 2-out 2-run home run in the bottom half of the inning. In all, Houser pitched 5+ innings, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits, with 1 walk and 4 K's. Of the 6 hits, 5 were for extra bases (4 doubles and 1 home run).


Replacing Cookie with Curry


Hours before facing off against former Mets starter, Carlos Carrasco, the Mets had to change their game plan. Carrasco was scratched from the game due to a neck injury, and the Guardians called up young starter Xzavion Curry. This was Curry's second start of the season. He went 4.1 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 K's, and didn't walk a batter, in a no-decision.


Instant Ending


Down 7-6, and facing the Guardians star closer, Emmanuel Clase, the Mets attempts at a 9th-inning rally were thwarted when Pete Alonso followed a Francisco Lindor base hit by grounding into a game-ending double play. The Mets challenged the play but the call was upheld.


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