Mets lose to Red Sox, spoiling solid start from David Peterson

Only one tenth of the way into the 2021 season, the Mets have already spoiled good outings from their starters far too much. And even their stars are hearing it from the fans

Tuesday was another such devastation in the Mets’ 2-1 loss to the Red Sox at Citi Field. The Mets made a one-run deficit appear overpowering as David Peterson hurled six solid innings, the defense was sharp on its feet and the bullpen remained impenetrable.

All the Mets needed to do was score more runs.

Enrique Hernandez of the Red Sox scores on Rafael Devers' single to left off of David Peterson (l.) in sixth inning of Boston's win in Queens.

After Francisco Lindor grounded out in his fourth at-bat, capping his 1-for-4 day at the plate, the superstar shortstop was booed by the Citi Field crowd on his way into the dugout. Though he made a terrific catch and dive to end the seventh with an unassisted double play at second base to get Jeurys Familia out of the inning, Lindor has looked off-balance at the plate.

The lineup, which featured Peterson hitting eighth and Kevin Pillar batting ninth, again struggled to drive in runners in scoring position. The Mets went 1-for-3 in RISP and left four men on base. Jeff McNeil accounted for the only run of the night with a solo home run to the second deck in right field in the second inning. Boston’s pitching staff combined to retire the final 10 batters.

Red Sox right-hander Garrett Richards struck out 10 in his seven-inning outing. Michael Conforto, who is on a five-game hitting streak and heating up after an early slump, was the only batter to get on base twice against Richards.

When the Mets did get on base, they hurt themselves.

James McCann hit a leadoff single to left field that he tried turning into a double in the bottom of the fifth. But J.D. Martinez fired a bullet to Marwin Gonzalez to nab McCann well before he even slid into the base. In the same inning, Pillar snapped his 0-for-14 slump by ripping a single to center. Moments later, with Lindor at the plate, Pillar was caught stealing to end the inning.

Peterson recorded a quality start in his fourth outing of the year, which deserved to be celebrated with a better outcome than his offense offered. The left-hander lowered his ERA to 5.59 after giving up two earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks across six innings and 90 pitches. Peterson was saddled with his third loss of the season despite keeping his team in a position to win.

Source (Ny Daily news)

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