While the Mets lost their sixth straight game to the Diamondbacks last night, there was in fact a silver lining. The Mets bullpen was actually effective, tossing 2.1 shutout innings to close out the game. This came after they allowed 24 runs in their 12 previous innings.
Starter Tommy Milone (1-1, 6.25 ERA) went 5.2 innings, allowing five earned runs on three walks and six hits while striking out four. He was removed from the game and replaced by righty Paul Sewald who was sharp as ever, pitching an inning and a third. He struck out three of the four batters he faced in a perfect outing.
Fernando Salas was next, and immediately showed signs of rust by falling behind Paul Goldschmidt 3-0. He came back with two perfect fastballs knee high on the outside corner and then induced a fly-out for the first out of the inning. Then, however, a two-out walk and a hit put two runners on for Jerry Blevins, who struck out the only batter he faced.
Sewald has pitched exceptionally well since his call-up on May 1st, pitching 10.2 innings with a 1.69 ERA and 14 strikeouts. With the rest of the Mets bullpen struggling, the rookie could start seeing some more time in pressure situations, instead of the mop-up role Terry Collins has been using him in.