Recap: Game 1 of DH 5/21/23 | Guardians Lose 4-5 at N.Y. Mets

May 21, 2023

Andy Billman

3 things Guardians 4-5 loss to NY Mets:

1 – Bullpen implosions 

Troubles again for the Guardians bullpen as Trevor Stephan was given a 4-3 lead in the bottom of 8th and could not hold onto the lead as Starling Marte hit a two-run homer to give the lead back to the Mets.  Eli Morgan also had issues giving up a home run in the 7th. 

2 – JRAM Steps Up

Jose Ramirez had an MVP type of moment in the top of the 8th with a two-run home run to give the Guardians a 4-3 lead.  Guardians rallied to score four in the 8th after being down 3-0.

3 – Bibee 

Tanner Bibee adds another good start to his very young career.  Bibee went six strong keeping the Guardians in the game as the Guardian bats struggled with Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer.

Game Summary

The Mets initially held a three-run advantage but faced a setback in the eighth inning when Adam Ottavino encountered difficulties with a 3-0 lead. Tyler Freeman’s double resulted in a run, and subsequent ground balls allowed the Guardians to score another run. With two outs and no one on base, the Guardians secured a run through Steven Kwan’s double and an Amed Rosario single to right field, propelling them to a 4-3 lead.

Starling Marte had a mixed game, displaying defensive prowess in the fourth inning by making a remarkable throw to prevent Josh Bell from reaching second base. However, in the bottom half of the same inning, Marte was picked off by Tanner Bibee while adjusting his guard on his right hand. Nonetheless, Marte’s standout moment arrived in the eighth inning, as he launched a two-run homer to right field, enabling the Mets to regain the lead.

After surrendering the two-run homer, David Robertson recovered in the ninth inning and secured the win for the Mets, bringing their current homestand record to 4-1.

Max Scherzer delivered a strong performance initially, allowing only two baserunners and striking out two in the first three innings. Despite not showcasing his best fastball, with an average speed of 92.2 mph on his four-seamer, Scherzer relied on his breaking pitches. He navigated through six scoreless innings, yielding just three hits, striking out five batters, and issuing a solitary walk. Scherzer appeared somewhat dissatisfied as he left the mound in the sixth inning, though it remains uncertain whether he experienced physical discomfort or was simply fatigued.

In his Mets debut, Gary Sanchez experienced a mixed start. He struck out looking on a close call in the first inning with two runners on base and one out. Although the Mets loaded the bases, they failed to score. However, Sanchez redeemed himself in the fourth inning, recording his first hit as a Met with a line-drive single to left field. Subsequently, Eduardo Escobar’s single drove in Daniel Vogelbach, allowing the Mets to score first in 14 games. Sanchez attempted to score on the same play following a slight bobble in right field, but a misguided decision by third base coach Joey Cora resulted in Sanchez being easily thrown out at home plate.

Tanner Bibee, a 24-year-old rookie in his fifth major league start, exhibited impressive pitching prowess. With a fastball averaging 96-98 mph, Bibee kept the Mets’ bats relatively quiet throughout his outing. However, the Mets employed aggressive baserunning strategies in the sixth inning to challenge him. After Pete Alonso and Brett Baty hit consecutive singles, Alonso advanced from first to third, prompting Baty to follow suit and take second base on the throw. This maneuver positioned runners at second and third with no outs. Eventually, the Mets loaded the bases with one out, and Sanchez drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center field, extending the lead to 2-0. Sanchez concluded the game 1-for-3 with an RBI and two strikeouts.

Brooks Raley continued to impress, retiring the side on only nine pitches during the seventh inning. The left-handed pitcher has displayed growing comfort on the mound since recovering from elbow inflammation.

Brandon Nimmo initiated the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run on the first pitch, expanding the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Nimmo’s homer had an exit velocity of 108.8 mph and traveled 442 feet, landing on the Shea Bridge in right-center field.

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