The Mets couldn’t sweep the doubleheader on Saturday, falling to the Boston Red Sox in Game 2, 8-6.
Here are the takeaways…
– Max Scherzerthe night of Jarren Duran who hit the Pesky Pole to give the Red Sox an early 1-0 lead. The Duran homer was a sign of things to come for Mets pitchers on the night.
– At the top of the bottom of the second, Triston Casas hit another solo shot from Scherzer that made Boston 2-0.
– Led by the same scoreline in the top of the fourth inning, the Mets went up the board with a wild play. After Francois Lindor single and Pete Alonso doubled to place the riders in second and third place, Jeff McNeil roped in a single in the middle that led into two. Duran fired on the play, allowing McNeil to advance to second base, but Jorge Alfaro kicked the ball into center field and allowed McNeil to go all the way around to score. The little league home run gave New York its first lead of the game at 3-2.
– Scherzer took the lead in the fifth inning on another home run, this time by Yu Chang. The final nail in the coffin came in the sixth when Scherzer allowed his fourth homer of the game and second to Casas who hit a two-run bomb to center field immediately that gave the Red Sox a 5-3 lead.
The 38-year-old right-hander went six innings and allowed five earned runs on six hits (four home runs), two walks and seven strikeouts. Scherzer has now served 19 long balls in 66.1 innings on the road this season, compared to just three in 34.1 innings at Citi Field.
– Trevor Got replaced Scherzer in the seventh moto and after pulling Chang out to start his outing, the wheels fell off. A walk, stolen base, single, stolen base and home run in the space of three batters scored three runs for the Red Sox to give them an 8-3 lead. Former met Justin Turner hit the home run that proved crucial as the Mets made it interesting in the ninth inning.
– With one out in the ninth, Alonso tripled before Francisco Alvarez picked him at home to make it 8-4. A wild pitch and a pitch from McNeil moved Alvarez to third base, but the Mets were on their last out. Until his last blow, Marc Vientos had an RBI single that went overtime and advanced to second place on a disallowance.
– Now a backup opportunity, Red Sox manager Alex Cora brought Kenley Jansen to lock things down. Jansen began to push back and then dropped an RBI single to Brett Baty it’s 8-6. With the draw on the plate, Daniel Vogelbach pinch for DJ Steward but flew to left field to end the game.
The Mets end their series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday Night Baseball at 7:10 p.m.
HPR Carlos Carrasco will pitch in the series finale, while Boston has yet to announce a starter.