After the Mets’ bullpen had thrown 16 innings over the earlier two video games, the very last thing they wanted was for an abbreviated outing Tuesday evening by fill-in starter Robert Inventory.
The 31-year-old righty lasted only one inning after injuring his proper hamstring whereas working out a grounder within the prime of the second, nonetheless, necessitating the Mets’ taxed reduction corps to work one other seven mixed innings in a 4-Three loss to the Reds in Cincinnati.
“They’ve proven only a super quantity of grit. … They’ve actually helped us out at some fairly determined occasions thus far, and so they’re doing the identical factor proper now,” Pete Alonso stated of the bullpen after the sport. “The most important factor for us is we needed to hit to assist our bullpen out. … Our bullpen did a completely hell of a job tonight, it was unbelievable what they did. So, thanks, bullpen.”
The 31-year-old Inventory, making his second begin for the Mets after being claimed off waivers from the Cubs in June, surrendered a leadoff house run to the primary batter he confronted, second baseman Jonathan India, negating a solo shot by Alonso in opposition to veteran lefty Wade Miley within the prime of the primary inning.
Batting with runners on second and third following Jonathan Villar’s two-out double within the second, nonetheless, Inventory pulled up whereas working down the first-base line on a grounder to India for the ultimate out of the inning.
Inventory initially took the mound to heat up for the underside half, however bench coach Dave Jauss — working the staff for a second straight evening because of Luis Rojas’ two-game suspension — shortly visited the mound with a coach and eliminated Inventory, who will likely be reevaluated Wednesday, Jauss stated. Mets starters have totaled 5 innings over the previous three video games.
“I didn’t assume a lot of the depleted bullpen. I believed it’s too unhealthy as a result of Robert threw so good within the first inning,” Jauss stated. “I used to be so pleased for him, and he bought so excited to get an at-bat with runners in scoring place. He stated he hadn’t run that onerous since he was 21 years previous.”
Stephen Nogosek, considered one of three pitchers acquired from the Purple Sox for reliever Addison Reed on the 2017 commerce deadline, was summoned to interchange Inventory to make his first look for the Mets since posting a 10.80 ERA over seven video games out of the bullpen throughout the 2019 season.
The mustachioed righty bought the Mets by the fourth, however he left trailing 3-1 after permitting back-to-back house runs with two outs by Joey Votto and Aristides Aquino within the third, which Nogosek known as “simply two unhealthy pitches.”
“It’s a kind of funky conditions which you can’t put together for it,” Nogosek stated. “I knew I used to be the lengthy man at present, so once I noticed the coach go on the market. … I attempted to get on the market and get sizzling. I believe it was additionally good to not have the ability to assume, simply get on the market and pitch.”
After Yennsy Diaz labored a scoreless fifth, Geoff Hartlieb — one other current waiver pickup, from the Pirates — recorded the following 4 outs in his Mets debut. However lefty Aaron Loup, working for the third time in 4 days, allowed an inherited runner to attain on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly within the seventh by pinch-hitter Tyler Stevenson for a 4-2 sport.