The Mets waited until the ninth inning to finally get on the board against the Diamondbacks Wednesday night, tying the game and sending it to extra innings. But they would go down in the 12th.
It should not be a shock that the Mets had offensive trouble — they fielded a lineup that included Triple-A stalwarts Ty Kelly, Matt Reynolds and T.J. Rivera (making his major league debut) and a struggling Travis d’Arnaud. They managed just three hits over the first eight innings.
d’Arnaud’s struggles followed him behind the plate where he allowed four stolen bases, after allowing five the previous night. One of the stolen bases led to the Diamondbacks first run, which also included a throwing error on the play by d’Arnaud. These are not the best days for d’Arnaud.
Bartolo Colon pitched but ended up with the no-decision. He lasted seven innings, allowing just one run on seven hits. He struck out eight and walked one.
Down 2-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson hit a long homer to right with one out and a man on to tie the score at two. Red hot Neil Walker followed with a single. Jay Bruce grounded out to Jean Segura at second. But Segura opted to throw to first to get Bruce, so the potential winning run was on second with two outs. But Wilmer Flores flied out to shallow left to end the inning.
So it was on to extras. Rivera got the first hit of his career, a single, leading off the bottom of the 10th. Terry Collins then idiotically asked d’Arnaud to bunt. Of course he popped out foul to first for the first out. James Loney grounded out, so once again the Mets had a runner on second with two outs, but Alejandro De Aza flied out to center.
After Jeurys Familia turned in two scoreless innings, Jerry Blevins came in for the 12th. He allowed a home run to Oscar Hernandez, his first in the majors, as the Diamondbacks took a 3-2 lead.
The Mets went quietly in the bottom of the inning to lose 3-2. They are now just a game over .500.