The Mets started a critical stretch of games Friday night the same way their benches-clearing clash against the Rockies ended: with a dud.
There was a lot of talking and not much action, the same as provided by the Mets’ bats in a 5-1 loss to the Rockies at Citi Field.
Jacob deGrom tossed six innings of two-run baseball and struck out 10, but his offense and bullpen could not hold up their end of the bargain. Coming off of back-to-back wins, the Mets (30-33) began a stretch of 28 straight games against teams with above-.500 records with a whimper.
“The goal is to win baseball games and when we don’t, everybody’s frustrated,” deGrom said. “Still a lot of baseball left and hopefully we can start stringing those [wins] together where it’s five or six and go from there. But it’s kind of [been] step forward, step back.”
Tempers flared in the eighth inning, when Drew Gagnon entered facing a 2-1 deficit and gave up a pair of home runs that made it 5-1 before hitting Ian Desmond on the back with a 2-1 fastball. Desmond did not appreciate the plunking and exchanged words with Gagnon as the benches and bullpens cleared.
“Complete accident,” Gagnon said. “I see where they’re coming from, but I wasn’t throwing strikes all day.”