Even when staked a 10-0 lead, baseball’s Keystone Cops of Queens could not rest comfortably as they held on to beat a Phillies team trying to claw their way out of the NL East basement.
Ironically, NY bats got a six-degrees of separation gift from an ex-Met, Al Leiter, whose nephew Mark Leiter Jr. got tagged for eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Rookie Brandon Nimmo had three hits and a couple of ribbies, Gavin Cecchini drove in a pair, and Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 10, scoring a run in 10 consecutive games for a new career high. Kevin Plawecki keeps making a case for more catching duties going 2-4 to go along with his first career stolen base.
Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero held the Phils to a single run heading into the sixth until a familiar roadblock reared it’s ugly head. A sharp single followed by a pair of walks took Montero off mound, bringing Paul Sewald out of the bullpen.
Sewald’s relief efforts didn’t help his or Montero’s cause allowing all three inherited runners to score on a wild pitch and two-run double by Hyun Soo Kim.
An injury-riddled rotation has given opportunities to the young righty vying to make a run for next season’s roster.
Leading up to surrendering a run in the fifth, Montero had posted 12 1/3 scoreless innings making him a surprise reliable arm alongside ace veteran Jacob deGrom.
“Before we sent him (to the minors) the last time, he was told by the pitching coach (Dan Warthen), by me, by his own peers, if you can’t throw the ball over the plate, you can’t pitch here,” Terry Collins said of Montero. “When he went down, we said ‘we need to see strikes.’ And he went down and threw strikes. “Since he’s come back, he’s done exactly the same thing.”
In a season lost and wanting to be forgotten, tomorrow will be a very telling day for Jacob deGrom who will be looking to rebound from his last shaky outing against the Reds.