September 12, 2020 | 10: 19pm | Updated September 13, 2020 | 1: 17am
BUFFALO — For the previous two weeks, it’s been right about all roses from this lineup, but Saturday night the Mets were a handful of boring dandelions.
Perchance it changed into the hangover quit after scoring 18 runs the earlier night. For nearly 3½ hours they waited for a extensive hit that never arrived in a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays at Sahlen Field that snapped their two-game winning trudge.
This one ended strangely, with Amed Rosario picked off first unsightly to quit the game (it came on a replay field by the Blue Jays) after Rosario had struck out but reached first on Rafael Dolis’ wild pitch on strike three. The pickoff left Jeff McNeil standing on the plate.
“From my point of judge I changed into protected,” Rosario acknowledged. “Staunch by the game there trust been the same calls own that made and moreover they were never reversed, so I right don’t comprehend it.”
Subtract Rosario’s three hits, and the Mets barely had a pulse. And yet they stayed within the game till leisurely due to a accurate inaugurate from Seth Lugo and shutdown bullpen efficiency.
Michael Conforto fails to receive what changed into into a double for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. within the sixth inning of the Mets’ 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays.Getty ImagesA crew that entered hitting a significant league-most efficient .346 with runners in scoring location in September, reverted to its August methods. The Mets went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring location on this night and left seven runners on unsightly.
The Mets (21-25) wish to recuperate rapidly and resolve out guidelines on how to decide Sunday’s sequence finale. The routine season concludes two weeks from on the present time, and the Mets path by two games within the bustle for a wild-card berth — in a crowded mix that furthermore involves the Giants, Marlins, Cardinals, Brewers and Rockies.
The Mets could perchance also right merely trudge out of time.
“I’d reveal that is a realistic narrate, but if we’re centered on that we’re centered on the contaminated narrate,” Lugo acknowledged. “I can’t mediate own that and hoping assorted guys aren’t as neatly.”
In his fourth inaugurate, Lugo lasted 5 ¹/₃ innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one stroll with five strikeouts. The outing changed into Lugo’s longest since challenging to the rotation, but the Mets unruffled need him to work deeper into games.
“I’m feeling pretty accurate,” Lugo acknowledged. “[But] I would exhaust to procure by six. As a starter that is your job and set the bullpen, because they’ve received to face them as soon as more the following day, I don’t.”
Chasen Shreve changed Lugo within the sixth and watched Jonathan Villar hit a grounder between J.D. Davis and Rosario — each defenders stopped — for an RBI single that extended the Blue Jays’ result in a couple of-1.
Lugo expended heaps of energy in surviving the fifth, after loading the bases. Travis Shaw’s sacrifice cruise place the Mets in a 2-1 gap after Lugo had walked Alejandro Kirk leading off the inning and Joe Panik and Cavan Biggio each singled with no one out.
Lugo restricted the damage to 1 trudge within the fourth after permitting three straight hits. The absolute top play changed into Lugo grabbing Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s bouncer and racing to an uncovered third unsightly, right beating Travis Shaw to the procure. The Blue Jays challenged, but the resolution changed into upheld. Lugo retired the following two batters to own it 1-1.
Randal Grichuk’s infield single changed into liable for the trudge, after Shaw’s double to correct-heart wedged below the fence and Bo Bichette, who had scored, received despatched support to third unsightly, following a field by the Mets. Bichette’s single leading off the inning started the rally.
Jake Marisnick’s RBI double within the fourth gave the Mets their first trudge. It continued a scorching stretch for Marisnick, who entered 9-for-23 (.409) since coming off the injured list on Aug. 28. Michael Conforto had reached 2nd leading off the inning as Cavan Biggio booted his single to correct self-discipline. Robinson Cano drew a two-out stroll in opposition to Robbie Ray to expand the inning for Marisnick, who later departed the game with correct hamstring tightness.