MIAMI – Tylor Megill didn’t get off to as difficult a start as a bad four batter sequence, but given the state of that listless Mets lineup, it was all game, set, game after only four marlins struck on Monday night.
Lewis Brinson hit a grand slam in the first inning and the Mets spent the next eight innings recovering. They never managed to take a 6-3 loss at LoanDepot Park to start a seven-game road trip.
After allowing a total of three deserved runs in five July starts, rookie Megill returned to the Earth back. He gave up five runs, earned four, on six hits over five innings, when the Mets lost for the fourth time in five games and have fallen to 8-10 since the All-Star break.
A line-up that went up the 11-game home stand, which ended on Sunday, averaged just 2.73 runs, showed early life that night before going scoreless for the last six innings. Her best chance was in eighth place when Brandon Drury retired with bases loaded to end a threat. The Mets finished 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
“It’s just a bit of a rut,” said Pete Alonso. “I don’t think this is a long-term problem. It’s just a tough road to go right now. We’ve faced a lot of quality opponents and we haven’t necessarily won as much as we’d like, but… yeah, it’s unfortunate in the last seven days or so, but we have 60 more games. We still have a lot of baseball and much more exciting, if not the most exciting part of the season ahead of us. ”
Megill handed over consecutive singles to Jazz Chisholm and Miguel Rojas to start his night, and James McCann’s interference with Jesus Aguilar at the plate invited the bases. Brinson then pounced on a raised fastball and stroked an opposing field kick on the right field. Megill regrouped after that, however, to give the Mets a chance.
“It could have gone south really fast, but I’ll take the good with the bad and move on,” Megill said. “It’s a learning curve.”
Coach Luis Rojas said: “The two-strike count caught him a bit. He wasn’t able to put the boys away and he didn’t have much anger against the other teams he faced. ”
The Mets rallied in the second to draw within 4-2. Jesus Luzardo unleashed a wild pitch that allowed Javier Baez to score the Mets’ first run. Baez had left at the start of the inning to start the rally before J.D. Davis was in single. Drury – a late line-up after Brandon Nimmo was scratched – continued his hot run with an RBI double that took the second run of the inning.
Alonso’s 24th home run of the season drew the Mets in the third 4: 3. The homer was Alonso’s seventh in 18 games since the All-Star hiatus. The Marlins got the run again in the lower part of the inning on Isan Diaz’s RBI double. Brinson’s single from Davis ‘glove on the third base ignited the rally.
Baez hobbled off the field after missing a grounder on the third, but to the Mets’ relief he stayed in the game on the shortstop. Baez played his third game for the team after arriving at the Cubs on Friday.
Baez, according to Rojas, is struggling with a bruised heel he sustained last month and he worsened the injury as he did put all his weight on his foot to reach first base.
Trevor May allowed a run in eighth place. Rojas smashed a leadoff triple and faced Brinson’s grounder, who became a Baez throwing mistake. On the play, Baez, who was shifted towards the hole, cut in front of Davis and then bounced off first base with his throw.
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