Sometimes small ball has value, even for the Mets, who lost 5-4 Wednesday in 11 innings at Philadelphia.
The Mets hit two more homers among their 14 hits, but also struck out 17 times.
The Mets hit back-to-back homer in each game of the series – this time it was Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda – but when they needed a single in the 11th with Curtis Granderson on second they got nothing.
It was that way all night as the Mets stranded 12 runners and went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Granderson tagged up from first and took second on David Wright’s fly to center, but Michael Conforto and Cespedes struck out. Granderson’s play was the epitome of small ball and is the stuff that usually wins games. Usually.
Mets manager Terry Collins seems to like to boast that “we’re a home run hitting team.’’
However, as the season wears on there will be more games like tonight than Tuesday when they hit six home runs.vThere’s nothing wrong with advancing the runner, drawing a walk (only two tonight), maybe dropping down a bunt, and hitting a sacrifice fly.
That’s how the Kansas City Royals played and didn’t they win the World Series?
METS GAME WRAP
Game: #14 Record: 7-7 Streak L 1
SUMMARY: The Mets’ power-laden offense hit two more homers, but they also left 12 runners and struck out 17 times.
KEY MOMENT: Asdrubal Cabrera had a three-run homer taken off the board by replay in the second. There would not have been extra innings had the homer counted.
THUMBS UP: It wasn’t totally smooth for Bartolo Colon, who gave up three runs on four hits in six innings. A blown save cost him his 220th career victory. … A good defensive play by Conforto going against the rail in foul territory to end the fifth. … No homers from Neil Walker, but he had four hits and seven for the series. … Continued breakout signs from Granderson with two more hits.
THUMBS DOWN: Seventeen strikeouts by Mets hitters, including four by Wright. … Addison Reed’s blown save in the seventh. … After his homer was taken away, Cabrera struck out three times. … Hansel Robles‘ wild pitch doomed the Mets.
EXTRA INNINGS: Jacob deGrom will throw a bullpen session Friday and is expected to start Sunday in Atlanta.
QUOTEBOOK: “Every team talks about situational hitting and wants to do it better.’’ – Collins on the Mets’ offense.
BY THE NUMBERS: 29: Jayson Stark of ESPN reports the Mets have hit as many homers in Citizen Bank Park (29) as the Phillies since August 24 of last year. The Phillies played 33 games in that span while the Mets played 10.
NATIONALS UPDATE: The Nationals (11-3) won at Miami, 3-1, and increased their lead to four games ahead of the Mets. Washington and New York play for the first time this season, May 17-18-19 at Citi Field. They will then play May 23-24-25 in Washington.