Even by New York Mets standards, Tuesday’s game against the Washington Nationals is going to go down as one of the team’s most painful losses.
In a game featuring starts by last year’s Cy Young winner and runner-up in Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, respectively, the Mets looked like they had registered a knockout blow in the ninth inning when Pete Alonso hit his 44th homer of the season.
That homer gave the Mets five runs in the ninth inning for a 10-4 lead, putting them on the verge of their fourth win in five games. A win would have improved their record to 71-67, just 3.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second wild-card spot.
However, fast forward a half-hour, and this happened.
That Kurt Suzuki homer was the Nationals’ seventh run of the ninth inning, and completed the largest ninth-inning comeback in franchise history.
Relievers Paul Sewald, Luis Avilan and Edwin Diaz combined to allow seven hits and seven runs while registering just one out combined.
Here’s the play-by-play:
Victor Robles single
Howie Kendrick fly-out
Trea Turner RBI double
Asdrubal Cabrera single
Anthony Rendon RBI single
Juan Soto single
Ryan Zimmerman RBI double
Kurt Suzuki home run
Teams in MLB were 274-0 when entering the bottom of the ninth leading by six or more runs this season, per ESPN’s Linda Cohn. The Mets entered the bottom of the ninth with a 99.7 percent win expectancy, per FanGraphs. And then it, along with any remaining optimism about this Mets team this season, was gone.
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