PHILADELPHIA — In 31 pitches on Tuesday, Mets starter Steven Matz managed to give up 4 hits, permit eight runs (six earned), hit Bryce Harper in the left arm, challenge a stroll, host two mound visits and have his earned run common greater than triple. He did all of it with out recording an out or making it by means of the Phillies’ batting order at Citizens Bank Park.
When Mets Manager Mickey Callaway got here to the mound to take away him, Matz simply stared.
His biggest show of frustration got here after he had given up a double to catcher J.T. Realmuto that drove in two runs. Matz punched the air and shouted at himself. On his subsequent pitch, Scott Kingery hit a three-run homer. Two batters later, Matz allowed one other dwelling run, to Maikel Franco.
The Mets have been down by 8-Zero when Matz was changed by reliever Drew Gagnon, have been down 10-Zero by the finish of the first inning, and ultimately misplaced, 14-Three.
“Poor effort tonight,” Matz stated after the recreation. “Just got to wash it.”
It was a day of issues going poorly, and that didn’t cease when Matz exited.
Shortly after Gagnon took the mound, Callaway sprinted out to middle discipline with Brian Chicklo, the crew’s coach. They spoke with middle fielder Brandon Nimmo, the leadoff hitter who had damaged out of a droop in current video games.
Nimmo then exited the recreation, as effectively. It was later introduced that his neck had felt stiff.
Matz’s mess adopted a sample of pitching woes for the Mets. Jacob deGrom, the reigning Cy Young Award winner in the National League, posted two non-quality begins in the final week and Zack Wheeler walked seven Nationals in a house recreation, however Matz’s failure to report an out established a brand new nadir.
Matz turned the second Mets starter to permit eight or extra runs with out recording an out, becoming a member of Bobby Jones, who did so in 1997. The final main league starter to accomplish the ignominious feat was Paul Wilson of the Cincinnati Reds — a former draft choose of the Mets — who did it in 2005. Wilson additionally managed such a pitching line in 2003.
The Mets didn’t precisely assist Matz by means of his struggles.
Philadelphia left fielder Andrew McCutchen led off the recreation with a pointy hit to shortstop Amed Rosario, who allowed the ball to undergo his legs into left discipline. Phillies shortstop Jean Segura then lined a double to proper. Matz adopted by throwing a 93-mile-per-hour sinker that hit Harper. Then got here Realmuto’s double. And then Kingery’s homer.
Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland paid Matz a go to at that time. Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez labored the depend full earlier than Matz walked him. Franco, Philadelphia’s first baseman, waited out two sinkers that Matz failed to put in the strike zone earlier than leaping on an 83 m.p.h. changeup for a three-run blast.
Matz’s night time was finished. He had thrown simply 17 strikes.
“Pitch execution is what went wrong,” Matz stated.
Gagnon struck out the opposing pitcher, Nick Pivetta. But the Phillies didn’t keep quiet for lengthy. McCutchen doubled on a primary pitch. Segura grounded out, and Harper walked. Realmuto stroked a ball to left that Jeff McNeil struggled to discover in the lights. It was dominated a double, however McNeil was charged with an error for permitting the runners to advance on his throw to nobody.
Finally, Kingery grounded out. The first inning was over, and the Phillies, who have been a half-game behind the Mets going into Tuesday’s recreation, had a 10-Zero lead.
They Mets ultimately eked out three runs, with two approaching solo homers by Wilson Ramos and Michael Conforto. But thanks to Matz’s completely imperfect begin, the consequence was determined earlier than the Mets had recorded an out. And with that, the Phillies took the lead in the National League East.
“Tough game for Matzy,” Callaway stated.