Jacob deGrom gave the Mets the kind of performance Saturday they desperately needed from him as they hoped to snap a four-game losing streak. For a long time it looked as if deGrom would come away with another no-decision when Jeurys Familia coughed up the lead.
However, the Mets manufactured the game-winning run in the 11th when Neil Walker scored on Wilmer Flores’ fielder’s choice grounder up the middle to give them a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.
WALKER: Celebrates. (AP)
The play was set up by Walker’s hustle as he went from first-to-third on James Loney’s bloop single to left.
“That was a heads up play,” a relieved Mets manager Terry Collins said. “This was a good game for us to win.”
The Mets won it on Flores’ grounder up the middle, but instead of trying for the double play, Padres second baseman Ryan Schimpf tried for the play at the plate.
“I thought it was going to be a double play,” Collins said of his first thoughts after the ball was hit.
For a team that has played in back luck lately, this could be a sign things could turn.
DeGrom was brilliant in his effort to pick up his struggling team and took a 1-0 lead into the seventh, but Yangervis Solarte homered with two outs to tie the game.
DeGrom had to be thinking “here we go again,’’ until Kelly Johnson’s pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning regained the lead for the Mets.
Addison Reed stuffed the Padres in the eighth, but Wil Myers tied the game with two outs in the ninth on a homer off Familia. It was Familia’s third blown save and the first homer he has given up this year.
The other key storylines from the game were Jose Reyes‘ return and Curtis Granderson‘s continuing struggles.
REYES RETURNS: Reyes came off the disabled list, hit leadoff, and played shortstop. He went 0-for-3 and scored on Walker’s single.
Reyes took second on a wild pitch, and on the same play advanced to third on a wild throw by catcher Christian Bethancourt. The sequence illustrated Reyes’ speed, an element the Mets have lacked.
However, later Reyes struck out with a wild swing, an element we’ve often seen from the Mets, and by him frequently in his first tenure here.
GRANDERSON’S FUNK CONTINUES: There’s no let up in Granderson’s miserable season as he went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
Overall, he is 10-for-77 with RISP, including 2-for-39 with two outs and RISP.
Prior to the game, Collins said Granderson’s playing time might be cut once Yoenis Cespedes returns.
If things continue like this for Granderson maybe the Mets will consider benching him before.
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