Patrick Corbin is developing a problem. This problem was what doomed him last season, and has reared its ugly head again this season. That problem is home runs. Corbin gave up two more today, bringing his season total allowed to 8 over 51 IP. If Corbin is going to be the guy we need him to be at the top of the rotation, he’ll need to get those under control. Wow what analysis huh.
Things started bad for the D-backs, or good if you’re a Mets fan, as Jose Reyes doubled to lead things off and Michael Conforto homered to give the Mets a very quick, 2-0 lead. Another single followed, but Patrick stranded the runner on 3rd with 3 straight outs.
Many probably questioned why the D-backs brought up Reymond Fuentes versus someone like Hazelbaker, but he proved why he’s here with a leadoff triple. Chris Owings drove him in on a ground ball to score the D-backs first run 2-1. Paul Goldschmidt doubled and Jake Lamb walked to give the D-backs another scoring threat, but Tomas struck out and Drury grounded out to retire the side and squander the scoring chance.
Corbin bent but didn’t break in the 2nd and 3rd, allowing 3 singles but escaping unscathed. The D-backs took the lead in their half of the 3rd, with Owings singling and Jake Lamb homering to left field, making these 3-2 D-backs.
The Mets immediately responded with 2 runs of their own, after a Juan Lagares homer to left and a Jose Reyes double which scored Matt Reynolds, who walked. 4-3 Mets lead.
Corbin would settle down and go through the 6th allowing no more runs. His day ended there with 4 runs allowed, striking out 6 and walking 2. Just a poor appearance for Corbin, especially considering this Mets team is not the greatest hitting team in the league.
The D-backs finally threatened in the 7th and tied things up. A Goldy walk with 1-out and Tomas 2-out double pushed the tying run across the plate, giving us a 4-4 tie game.
The bullpens did their job throughout the rest of the game, with Chafin, Hoover, Rodney, de la Rosa, and Wilhelmsen pitching 5 scoreless innings. The Mets bullpen was just as effective, with Edgin, Gsellman, Blevins, and former D-back Addison Reed going 4 2/3rds IP, allowing just the Tomas RBI-double until Chris Hermann stepped up in the bottom of the 11th against Rafael Montero.
That’s how you do it boys.
In-N-Out - Chris Hermann, 2 for 4, GW HR, 2B (+40.6%)
Five Guys - Fernando Rodney, Jorge de la Rosa, Tom Wilhemsen, J.J Hoover, Andrew Chafin
Burger King - Brandon Drury, 0 for 5, 4 LOB (-19.4%)
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Big comment count for a day game! Seems like working was optional ;) Comment of the thread to GuruB for his apt prediction.
Off-day tomorrow should help the overworked bullpen a bit before an important series with the Padres. Gotta take care of business in May if you want the playoffs in October.