Sundays have not been very kind to the boys from Queens, as another thwarted sweep snapped their four-game winning streak in a 3-2 rain-delayed loss against Oakland.
While Mets starter Rafael Montero showed much improvement from his prior outing, he made three mistakes which resulted in three solo home runs to the Athletics, enough to secure a win for Oakland.
“I think I need to keep the ball a little bit lower,” Montero said after the game. “That’s really where I got into some trouble and there was damage done against me. Those home runs, when they occurred, that’s because I kept the ball too high.”
The downtrodden Dominican kept the Mets in the game hurling a season-high seven innings, but on a day he notched his first Major League hit, he left sporting a 1-7 record.
“He did a nice job again today,” Terry Collins said. “We didn’t have many opportunities, but he gave us every chance to get back and win the game.”
The Mets must see something in him to have given him so many chances to prove himself over the last few seasons. Despite being pretty much horrible whenever he was called up to the Bigs, the Mets kept on buying him plane tickets. Finally, it seems he is figuring it out, but the key would be to see him continue to improve.
Michael Conforto, one of the Mets who will remain on their roster come trade deadline time, continued his hot hitting with a single and a solo homer – his 19th of the season.
Lucas Duda, a candidate for a change of scenery, was silent at the plate, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout after hitting safely in eight of his previous nine games.
After Josh Smoker and Fernando Salas silenced the A’s in two innings of relief, New York had a chance at some come-from-behind heroics after Wilmer Flores smacked a one-out base hit in the ninth. Alas, Yoenis Cespedes, who blabbed to the media that he’d like to end his career in Oakland, flied out to center, and fellow pinch-hitter Travis d’Arnaud, leaving his best at Citi Field on Saturday, popped up to first.
On Monday the Mets take their 45-51 record on a 10-game western road trip. RHP Jacob deGrom will attempt to make it a dozen wins as he squares off against Padres LHP Clayton Richard in the first of a four-game series.