From the highs of a catapulting 11-2 stretch to bring them within fighting distance of the second wild-card spot, to the miserable showing in New York against a Mets that was reeling, losing 11 of their last 16 games to halt their playoff chances. At least, that was before this series.
After a fruitless first inning from both teams, Todd Frazier continued his assault on D-backs pitching with his 21st home run of the season, his 3rd of the series. 1-0 Mets.
Then the rails fell off. A throwing error from Nick Ahmed allowed Pete Alonso to reach with 1 out, and he moved up to 3rd after a Robinson Cano ground out. J.D Davis singled to score Alonso, with Conforto and Frazier following with a single and walk respectively to load the bases. With two outs and a full count, Juan Lagares made Young pay.
It was a bullpen game for the D-backs after that, as 7 pitchers combined for the final 6 and 1/3rd innings. The results were mixed.
Robbie Scott allowed a solo homer to Cano to lead off the 5th and Lagares homered again, this time off Jimmie Sherfy with a runner on in that same inning. Tomas Nido followed with a solo shot of his own, and it was 10-0 Mets.
The offense finally got on the board in the 7th, with a couple walks from Avila and Dyson before an Ildemaro Vargas double trimmed the deficit to 10-1. Michael Conforto immediately responded with a homer in the Mets half of the inning off of Kevin Ginkel, giving us our final score of 11-1 to secure the sweep for the Mets.
These games will happen when you play a full 162 game season, it’s unfortunate it had to happen this late in the year in the middle of a postseason chase but what can you do.
☆ - ALEX AVILA (2 for 2, 1R) +.036 WPA
That’s about all the good news that came from this game with the only other positive WPA players having numbers below +.005. Yikes.
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All you can do now is fly home as quick as you can and try to rid the bad taste out of your mouth with some home cooking. 6 games at home against the Reds and Marlins should cleanse the palate. First pitch tomorrow at 6:40pm with Fireworks to follow.