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Jose Quintana blows late lead, Mets’ offense largely stagnant as Guardians complete sweep

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May 22, 2024; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New York Mets center fielder Harrison Bader (44) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field.

He Mets They blew a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning and couldn’t fight back, losing to the Guardians on Wednesday as Cleveland completed a three-game sweep.

With the loss, the Mets are now seven games under .500, their worst of the season.

Here are the conclusions…

Jose Quintana He was very sharp and efficient from the start, as the Mets backed him up by building a 3-0 lead.

In the first five innings he pitched, Quintana allowed only two baserunners, a David Fry in the second inning and a hit by pitch by Fry. In five innings, Quintana threw just 52 pitches.

But it all fell apart for Quintana in the sixth.

After a bunt and two runners double-putted with two outs at second and third, Quintana fell behind. Andres Gimenez 3-1 before launching a belt-high 90 mph fastball up the middle that Gimenez crashed over the right field fence for a three-run homer that tied the game.

The Guardians broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning.

Reed Garrett He allowed a leadoff hit to Fry before recording a strikeout, and uncorked a wild pitch that allowed the go-ahead run to advance to second base. On the wild pitch, catcher Omar Narvaez He didn’t make much effort, trying to hit the ball backhanded. After the wild launch, jonathan rodriguez He singled through the right side of the infield to drive in Fry and give Cleveland a 4-3 lead.

Cleveland added two runs in the eighth. After Giménez intentionally leaned toward a Adam Ottavino fastball and was hit in the knee, turned around to score on a Jose Ramirez double. A couple of batters later, Kyle Manzardo doubled to drive in Ramirez and increase the Guardians’ lead to 6-3.

– Mets named Guardians starters Triston McKenzie work hard early.

After Francisco Lindor worked an 11-pitch at-bat to start the first inning before finally flying out, Pete Alonso hit a solo home run to right field to put New York up 1-0.

Jeff McNeill He opened the second inning with a home run to right field to increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0, and New York continued to make McKenzie throw tons of pitches, raising his pitch count to 49 in two innings.

– With the next pitch McKenzie threw after McNeil’s home run in the second inning, he drilled Harrison Bader back with a 92 mph fastball, a pitch that certainly looked intentional. Bader motioned to McKenzie and the home plate umpire led him toward first base as carlos mendoza They entered the field and cooler heads prevailed.

Bader stole second base after being hit and outplayed himself the next time, hitting a solo home run to deep left field in the fourth inning after breaking up an earlier pitch in the deep but foul at-bat.

Quintana threw an inside fastball to Fry to start the fifth, then hit him in the back a few pitches later, apparent retaliation for Bader’s hit earlier in the game.

Marcos Vientos He’s still an extra-base machine. With New York trailing, 4-3, in the eighth inning, he hit a two-out double down the left field line. He was stranded there when McNeil struck out looking.

Francisco Lindor stayed hot, smashing a pair of doubles.


Game MVP

Andres Gimenezwhose three-run homer with two outs tied the game in the sixth.

Whats Next

The Mets are off on Thursday.

They return home Friday to open a three-game series against the Giants.

christian scott takes the exit for New York, with the opposition of kyle harrison for San Francisco.

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