Bo Bichette hit his first AA home run tonight.
I’d recommend allowing that to resonate for a moment before proceeding with the game recap.
On we go.
We probably guessed that the Jays weren’t likely to win a game with their fifth starter going up against the Mets’ ace, but I don’t know that anyone predicted it would be this lopsided. What started out as an entertaining and close game fell apart quickly and turned into a real stinker that would consequently bring the team’s record down to .500 for the first time since April 1st.
The Blue Jays managed to work Noah Syndergaard, driving his pitch count up over 100 in the fifth, but they couldn’t overcome the Mets’ insurmountable lead by the time he was out. Syndergaard started the game by striking out the first three Blue Jays he faced, and it looked like he may dominate the whole game, but the second inning was promising for the Jays. Teoscar Hernández hit a lead off single and advanced all the way to third base but couldn’t score.
The Jays did put up two runs and briefly took the lead in the 3rd. Curtis Granderson singled in his return to Citi Field, stole second (!), and advanced to third on a single by Justin Smoak. Hernández was “hit by a pitch” that brushed his jersey, pushing Smoak to second, who then was driven home along with Granderson on a Solarte single.
The Jays had another chance to score in the 5th, as Josh Donaldson doubled and Smoak walked to put two on with one out, but Hernandez grounded into a double play to end the threat.
The Blue Jays were completely shut out for the rest of the game, save for Deck McGuire who collected his first major league hit when he singled off Seth Lugo. It is unfortunate that McGuire’s long awaited debut came during a blowout, and that his magnificent hit will be overshadowed, but such is life.
The Blue Jays pitching was more painful than their lack of hitting. Jaime Garcia had a terrible night in particular as a struggling Mets offense broke out to bury the Jays early. Most of the damage came from the bottom of their order, particularly Devin Mesoraco (2-for-2, 3 BBs and a homer), Amed Rosario (3-for-4), Syndergaard (2 RBIs) and Juan Lagares (4-for-5). Garcia allowed 6 earned runs, gave up three walks and couldn’t get out of the 4th inning. He dodged trouble in the first, but gave up the a run in the 2nd when Syndergaard doubled home Mesoraco. There were a couple notable poor plays defensively in this inning too, as Hernandez’s foot got stuck under the outfield wall and he couldn’t get the RBI double ball back in, and Richard Ureña overlooked an opportunity to catch Syndergaard in a run down.
Garcia had a three up, three down 3rd inning, but the wheels fell off in the 4th. The Mets loaded the bases with no one out on a double, walk and single, then Syndergaard tied the game with a sac fly. Rosario hit a ball that landed on top of the outfield wall but somehow stayed in the park (pretty much the only thing that would go the Jays way this game), and Juan Lagares drove in two more with another RBI double. It looked like Solarte initially tagged him out, but a replay review confirmed he was safe, and Garcia was done. Jake Petricka came in to stop the bleeding, but allowed another RBI double to put the Mets ahead by 4.
Petricka came back out for the 5th, but he gave up another three runs on five singles and will likely be headed back to Buffalo. Deck McGuire made his Blue Jays debut and retired the final batter with one pitch. McGuire also pitched scoreless 6th and 7th innings, allowing only a walk and a single. He looked pretty darn good. His pitches were sharp, and he was in control.
McGuire also pitched in the 8th, but looked like a different pitcher likely because he was winded from hitting and running the bases in the previous half inning. He gave up a lead-off triple, a RBI single then a two run homer to Devin Mesoraco. John Gibbons must have felt pity for all of us still watching, so he brought joy and entertainment to us by moving Russell Martin over to shortstop for this inning.
On putting Martin at SS late in game, Gibbons said he’s been waiting for an opportunity to do so. Said he’s one of the team’s best infielders, “he just happens to be our catcher.” #BlueJays drop opener to #Mets— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) May 16, 2018
Kendrys Morales was the only position player not to get into this game.
Jays of the Day: Yangervis Solarte (+ .186 WPA), and Matt Gross for coming up with the recap title
Suckage: Garcia (-.412), Petricka (-.094), and Kevin Pillar (-0.81, 0-for-4 plus swung at some horrible pitches and made an error)
We had 564 comments in the GameThread. lalalaprise led us to victory.
Tomorrow the Jays will try to both split the series and avoid a sweep, sending JA Happ up to face Zach Wheeler at 1:10pm ET.