The Mets (46-65) fell to the Cincinnati Reds (50-64) by a score of 6-1 Tuesday night at Citi Field. The game was delayed by rain for 100 minutes and it put a crimp in New York’s night.
Jason Vargas toed the mound to start the game and only recorded one out. A rain delay that lasted just under two hours kept Vargas from returning to the mound in the top of the first. Paul Sewald entered the game with runners on second and third with one out and allowed both runners to score on a sac-fly and a single up the middle by Tucker Barnhart. He struck out Mason Williams to end the inning.
Sewald then retired the 8-9-1 hitters in order with a little help from a diving Brandon Nimmo catch.
Bashlor returned for the fifth and worked a scoreless inning despite letting a pair of Reds reach.
Drew Smith worked a one-two-three sixth in his first outing in a week.
Smith returned for a second inning, just as Mickey Callaway said he wanted out of his relievers, and worked around a one-out single to work a scoreless inning and end his day.
Jacob Rhame entered for the eighth and ninth, and gave up a loud out number one to start the eighth with a deep fly out to Ervin.
Former Met, and recently returned from the abyss of irrelevancy, Dilson Herrera smashed a solo home run off of Rhame to start the ninth. Rhame recovered and retired the next three in order.
Southington High School’s own Sal Romano set the Mets down in order through through the first two until a two-out two run double into the right-center field alley by Brandon Nimmo. Jose Bautista followed with a single of his own to plate a run. Kevin Plawecki struck out and stranded Bautista at first.
Luis Guillorme got a pinch hitting appearance against Romano in the third, but hit a fly out to the warning track.
Romano, with much of his family and friends in attendance, worked a one-two-three fourth.
Romano worked a clean sixth, ending the frame on only 74 pitches.
Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo both walked to start the seventh. That forced Romano’s exit in front of his support section that made the trip down from Southington, Connecticut, where Sal grew up.
Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo both singled in the ninth, but Amir Garrett shut the door by retiring both Bautista and Plawecki to end the game.
The Mets send Jacob deGrom to pitch in the final game of the series against Robert Stephenson. deGrom, looks to continue his historic season while Stephenson, a former top prospect, will make his first start of the season.