The New York Mets (32-46) blew a late lead against the Pittsburgh Pirates (38-42) to lose 5-3 in the rubber game of a three-game series at Citi Field.
Zack Wheeler looks like the guy the Mets expected when they got him for Carlos Beltran in 2011. His fastball was hard and hitting the spots and his slider was sharp. Wheeler capped off a great month of June and threw as hard as he ever had before. His final line tonight was: 7 IP, 5 H, BB, 7 K. His only real jam was in the fifth when he had second and third, no-one out. He struck out Ivan Nova and Austin Meadows to get out of the jam.
Robert Gsellman came in for him in the eighth inning. Gsellman has struggled his last few outings and today was no different. He allowed a run to score in his few batters faced. He might just be tired from all the work and needs some rest. Tim Peterson came in to retire Josh Harrison and Colin Moran to escape with just the one run scoring.
Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth inning and was not sharp after his heavy workload last night. He allowed all four batters to reach against him and left with a bases loaded, no-out situation. The Pirates ultimately scored four runs in the inning, all charged to Familia.
Zack, you have officially been deGrom’d
Wilmer Flores hit his sixth homer in the sixth inning. Oddly enough, all of Wilmer’s homers are off righties this year.
The Mets get the day off for travel as they start a three-game series in Miami on Friday against the Marlins. Jacob deGrom is set to take the hill against rookie Sandy Alcantara who will be making his MLB debut. The game will start at 7:10 p.m. and air on SNY.