Taijaun Walker’s heroics not enough as Mets fall to Dodgers in 10

Taijuan Walker didn’t simply rediscover his the shape he confirmed in his All-Star first half of the season Saturday night time, he additionally flirted with historical past in opposition to among the best groups in baseball.

And the Mets let all of it go to waste.

Walker began off by throwing 6 ¹/₃ no-hit innings, however the Mets nonetheless misplaced to the Dodgers in additional innings for the second straight recreation, this time 2-1 in 10 innings, at Citi Field.

Yennsy Diaz gave up a one-out RBI double to Cody Bellinger in the highest of the tenth, driving in automated runner Corey Seager from second for the 2-1 lead. Diaz got here again to strand Bellinger at third by placing out pinch-hitter Justin Turner, however the harm was finished.

James McCann pinch-hit for Tomas Nido to lead off the underside of the tenth and struck out in opposition to Phil Bickford. Brandon Drury adopted with one other strikeout earlier than Corey Knebel entered from the bullpen to get Brandon Nimmo to floor out to finish it.

Walker had not allowed a success getting into the seventh inning however misplaced the no-hitter and the lead on one pitch with one out. Will Smith, who gained Friday’s recreation with a two-run homer in the tenth inning, this time crushed a solo shot to left discipline with one out to tie the rating 1-1.

Cody Bellinger belts the game-winning double in the 10th inning of the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Dodgers.
Cody Bellinger belts the game-winning double in the tenth inning of the Mets’ 2-1 loss to the Dodgers.
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Aaron Loup then acquired Walker out of a jam in the seventh earlier than Miguel Castro and Seth Lugo adopted with scoreless frames. The Mets had a number of probabilities to win it, however the recreation nonetheless went to extras.

The Mets have been held in examine by Dodgers’ stud right-hander Walker Buehler, who entered the night time as MLB’s ERA chief at 2.13 and lowered that to 2.09. Michael Conforto was liable for the one run in seven innings in opposition to Buehler, drilling a solo homer in the fourth inning that put the Mets forward 1-0.

Walker, who recorded a 2.50 ERA throughout 15 begins getting into the All-Star break, had posted a 9.86 ERA in his first 5 begins popping out of it. He had begun to settle in final Sunday in opposition to the Phillies, permitting three runs over six innings (his longest begin since June 20), however nonetheless acquired tagged for 3 solo residence runs. He had given up a number of residence runs in every of his final 4 video games earlier than Saturday.

Getting the first-half Walker again can be essential to the Mets’ playoff probabilities, particularly in mild of Jacob deGrom being shut down for 2 extra weeks on Friday, placing the ace’s season in jeopardy.

Walker acquired off to a powerful begin Saturday, needing simply 45 pitches to cruise via 4 innings, in which he solely allowed one base runner, a stroll to ex-Met Billy McKinney.

Walker briefly misplaced his command in the sixth, falling behind Buehler with a 3-0 depend earlier than strolling him on a full depend. But he then acquired Trea Turner to floor right into a 5-4-3 double play to finish the inning and maintain his pitch depend (73) in examine.

Max Muncy led off the seventh with a deep fly ball to left-center discipline that settled into the glove of Nimmo. But Smith got here up subsequent and added some additional thump, clobbering an 0-1 slider and depositing it into the left discipline seats to tie the sport.

Seager then drilled a double off the left-field wall. One out later, Walker walked Chris Taylor, ending his night time.

Manager Luis Rojas referred to as on Loup to face Bellinger with runners on the corners. Rojas was ejected throughout the at-bat for arguing balls and strikes, however Loup in the end acquired Bellinger chasing for strike three to finish the inning.

The Mets put runners on first and second with no outs in the underside of the seventh, however failed to money in. Tomas Nido tried to lay down a bunt twice earlier than placing out. Pinch-hitter Travis Blankenhorn then struck out wanting earlier than Brandon Nimmo popped up to the catcher to finish the menace.

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