The Rays defeated the Mets tonight by a score of 5-4 at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. The loss snaps the Mets seven game winning streak.
Offense: Well both teams started off hot to begin the game. The Mets scored 3 runs in the top of the first and then the Rays answered back with 4 in the bottom of the first. Then the Mets tied it up in the top of the second inning. Then later in the bottom of the fourth inning the Rays break the tie to take a 5-4 lead. The main hitters for both teams were Grady Sizemore (Rays) and Curtis Granderson (Mets). Other notable hitters could be Lucas Duda of the Mets and Kevin Kiermaier of the Rays. Granderson hit 2 home runs off of Karns. Duda got his 2 runs off of Karns as well. Now, the Rays got their 5 runs off of Sizemore’s two run shot and Kiermaier’s quick double, which drove in two runs. Now, the main hit that broke the lead was Longoria’s infield single that he beat out and allowed Jaso to score. In order for Jaso to score he was hurting the Mets on the base paths. Jaso walked then stole second base with ease and then got to third on like a wild pitch. As for all that work it resulted in a run.
Pitching: As for explaining how all the runs were scored, lets talk about the pitchers. Nate Karns was shaky to start the first two innings. After Karns got threw those 2 innings he was lights out and shutdown the Mets. Karns outing looks like this. 5 innings off work while striking out 8 Mets and only walking 2. He gave up 8 hits and had given up 4 earned runs. After Karns performance his ERA was slated at a nice 3.52. Noah Syndergaard struggled big time and has been bad on the road all season. Syndergaard gave up 5 earned runs in 4 innings of work, which he only walked 2 Rays, which it felt like he walked 5 batters. His control disappeared right out of the gate. He did strike out 6 batters and gave up 8 hits. Syndergaard gave up a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, which is disappointing and shows the lack of experience of Syndergaard. Mets relievers were solid and gave up only 2 hits in 4 innings of work between Gilmartin and Torres, they also struck out only 2 batters. The Rays bullpen was even better. They gave up no hits and struck out 7 batters. The Rays used Cedeno, Geltz, McGee, and Boxberger. Overall, the Rays pitching staff struck out a total of 15 Mets.
Next Game In The Series: The series finale will continue at 1:10 p.m. ET and consist of 2 starters, a solid veteran in Bartolo Colon and the next superstar pitcher in Chris Archer.
Mets: Right-hander Bartolo Colon (10-10, 4.72 ERA) has been up and down this season and will be looking to take the series 2 out of 3 from the Rays. He will be facing the Rays for the first time since 2012. Colon will need to control the pace of the game to have a solid outing.
Rays: All-Star Chris Archer (10-8, 2.54) The right-hander is 3-6 with a 2.74 ERA in 13 home starts this season. Archer will look to continue his recent success from the White Sox’s outing. Archer will look to take 2 out of 3 from the Mets and move closer to the Yankee for the AL East lead. Archer has punched out 180 batters and will look to add more by striking out the worst offense in baseball. Also, Archer will try to show MLB fans that he should be deeply considered for the AL Cy Young Award.
Hitters To Look Out For: 2 hitters that the Rays and Mets should look out for. Look out for Yoenis Cespedes to hit his first home run as a Met. He has been somewhat quiet at the plate and isn’t driving in runs, which the Mets need him to do. Now, the Mets need to watch out for Longoria. Longoria has been hitting .455 in his past 8 games, which has improved his overall batting average to a .281. Longoria has already hit a homer in this series and look for him to connect on another one and drive in 3 RBIs for the series finale against Colon.
History Made Tonight: Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch for the fourth consecutive game, a new Rays record which was previously held by Josh Phelps (three in 2005). That is an interesting record to learn about.