Dillon Gee allowed a pair of two-run home runs in six innings, marking the first time since July 27 he’s allowed more than two earned runs in a game.
LaTroy Hawkins allowed five runs and four hits in 1/3 of an inning in the ninth inning, and Scott Atchison allowed two runs in a seven run ninth inning by the Tigers.
The Mets broke a streak of 20 innings without scoring a run when Daniel Murphy drove in Omar Quintanilla in the third inning.
Travis d’Arnaud hit his first career home run in the fourth inning, and Juan Lagares singled twice.
The Mets did not have a hit after d’Arnaud’s two-run home run in the fourth inning.
Lucas Duda walked as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, his first plate appearance for the Mets in two months.
The Mets went 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position, are 5-for-34 with RISP over their last five games, and they hit into three double plays this afternoon.
Mets pitching allowed 41 hits in the three-game series against the Tigers – the Mets had 17, ten of which came on Friday.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
Michael Baron, ContributorThat ninth inning was something else today. I mean, Hawkins had his worst outing of the season, and Atchison basically poured a gallon of gasoline on the fire for him, and the Tigers offense just exploded. It was essentially batting practice with a couple of wild pitches in between, and it capped a stinker of a weekend for the Mets. They got pretty good starting pitching overall but had no offense, and the whole thing blew up on them today. There’s not much else to say about this game, or the weekend for that matter.
Miguel Cabrera is a beast, by the way. And, he’s doing this with no ability to run or move around. The Mets might have been better served this weekend just walking Cabrera at every plate appearance. Obviously, that’s not going to happen, but it’s hard to fool one of the best hitters ever routinely, and the Mets had absolutely no answer for him over these three games.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks going back to the beginning of their west coast trip. Sure, they’ve played a lot of good teams, but they mostly staggered against those opponents, being swept twice in the process. To make matters worse, they’re back to playing National League East opponents over the next week, a division they’ve mostly struggled against this year. As I said on Friday, it’s important this team stay sharp, keep their heads up, and play good baseball down the stretch for a lot of reasons, most importantly to close the schedule out with a positive vibe heading into the off-season. Hopefully they can turn the page, get Wright back in the next week or so, and close out the season on a positive note…
The Mets open a four-game series with the Phillies tomorrow night at Citi Field, with Zack Wheeler facing Cliff Lee at 7:10 PM.