On the day that the moon eclipsed the sun the Diamondbacks deprived Robert Gsellman a victory after one of his most valiant efforts this season.
The Mets hard luck right-hander gave 6 1/3 strong, surrendering a run on five hits, striking out three with a lone walk. But while his ex-cronies are cashing in at ballparks all over the country, the current cast could not help a brother out repeatedly with RISP. And although Gsellman was guilty for leaving his share of men on base, it’s uncanny how many scoring opportunities were missed.
Rookie Brandon Nimmo, gifted the slot in center field vacated by the recently departed Curtis Granderson, launched a leadoff double in the bottom of the first to no avail.
In the second, Wilmer Flores and Dominic Smith belted back-to-back singles, advancing to second and third on a passed ball with Amed Rosario at the plate. After Rosario whiffed, and Kevin Plawecki was intentionally walked, Gsellman couldn’t help his own cause, and Nimmo left them loaded, as well, flying out to center field.
Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes rinsed and repeated in the bottom of the third with consecutive base hits, but this time, Flores hit into a double play to end the inning.
In the fourth, with two outs, Plawecki, given a free pass with runners on in his prior at bat, doubled to center. And once again, Gsellman could not catch a break with a ground ball back to the box.
Cespedes led off the sixth with a line drive base hit to center, and two batters later Rosario laced a two out single sending Cespedes to third and himself to second with a stolen base. Then Plawecki, recently brought back to the Bigs for tearing it up in Las Vegas, failed to bring his teammates home with a ground ball to the pitcher.
Gsellman got his walking papers in the top of the seventh, replaced by Jerry Blevins who kept the Mets in it by fanning the two batters he faced.
The fourth and fifth Diamondbacks pitchers looked to be the charm for NY when Travis d’Arnaud led off with a double off Anthony Chafin. After Nimmo sac bunted d’Arnaud to third, Conforto and Asdrubal Cabrera drew back-to-back walks from Archie Bradley loading them up for Cespedes who stood and delivered a single to left. d’Arnaud made it home, but Cabrera was out at the plate, leaving Conforto on second with the go ahead run. Flores popped out to catcher Chris Ianneta to end the rally.
Both teams put them away 1,2,3 in the eighth and ninth, and then the big blow reared it’s ugly head in the top of the 10th after Erik Goedell walked Gregor Blanco on four pitches, A.J. Pollock jacked a 2-1 pitch 405 feet over the center field wall.
Down 3-1, Michael Conforto got one back with a solo shot in the bottom of the inning, but the buck stopped there as it has done so many times for the Mets this season. So, once again, another sorry night for Terry Collins, and a disappointing outcome for Robert Gsellman who deserved better.