The calendar said Labor Day, which eventually became Metz’s Groundhog Day.
Dramatically, they rallyed on Monday, seemingly ready to win the series against the Phillies, and perhaps changed their momentum in second place race at NL East. Then came the multiple calls to the bullpen that caused the chaos.
“It was definitely tough. We played pretty well in a week,” said Jeff McNeill, after the Miguel Castro hit the home run to Jean Segura with 10 innings, and Mets to the Phillies in Citifield. It was revealed that he lost 9 to 8. “We definitely want to win that match, but there were many good things.”
Mets, who had previously recovered from a 6-run deficit and led to 7th in McNeill’s homerun, ended with a split in the series and fell 3½ games behind the Phillies in a 2nd-place race in NL East, an automatic postseason. Carry a berth. Mets were two games late in NL’s second wildcard race.
Castro played in 10 innings, 2 outs-all additional innings this season starting with a runner on 2nd base-Segura cleared the fence on the left center and gave the game 5 RBIs. Mets replied with a run at the bottom of the innings for Brandon Nemo’s RBI single before Hector Nellis got the final two outs.
Edwin Diaz said he wasn’t right-handed as he scored Mets 9th with no goals but Luis Roxas made two innings with the Yankees Thursday and two innings Saturday.
“He can’t go two. [innings] Lohas noted that he hasn’t had many innings in the game since 2017,
Arriving last week in a trade with Orioles, Castro struggled with his previous appearances and allowed the Yankees to execute twice on Thursday.
“I don’t think I’m as sharp as I was before I was traded since I came here,” Castro said.
The eighth Alec Baume RBI single with Jurys Familia drew 7-7 and, at least temporarily, McNeill’s three-run home run led the Mets after their last inning to David Phelps took the first lead. Deflated. Familia, who started the Ignal, allowed two walks to the rally-raising Andrew Knapp after Segura won the single.
Erasmo Ramirez gave Mets a chance to make a comeback by allowing one run over 5 innings in relief after the rookie David Peterson flopped.
Peterson jumped from the beginning. After Andra McCutchen was trained and Bryce Harper walked against JT Realmut against the shift, Segura offered a double baseload for three runs in the first inning.
In the second bout, Rhys Hoskins walked to McCutchen, shooting a two-run homerun and burying Peterson in the 5-0 hole. Peterson’s last line included three hits in two innings that threw 70 pitches and five winning runs on four walks.
Zack Wheeler didn’t make a decision when he returned to Citifield after winning three runs with eight hits over six innings and making seven strikeouts. Right-handed has raised ERA from 2.20 to 2.47 and is a candidate for the National League Cy Young Awards.
Mets fought Wheeler three times for the fifth time and started a comeback. Michael Confort, JD Davis, and Dominicus Smith beat the consecutive doubles to lead the Phillies lead 6-3. Andres Jimenez led the innings to double to start the rally.
“The whole crime is rolling, and that’s where we want to be,” McNeill said. “This is the place we have been aiming to achieve all year round. We have a great bat at home, slammed the ball, scored a lot of points and will come back.
“Today’s Wheeler was on the mound, so we were down 6-0 today, but we were able to battle on the way and take the lead. We are where we want to be, You have to keep it running for the rest of the year.”