Early advance not enough to lift D-backs against Mets, Bumgarner leaves with injury
PHOENIX – It looked like the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets might never come out of the first inning on Wednesday as both offenses came out hot.
Between the two teams, 10 hits and nine runs were scored in the first inning of the D-backs 7-6 loss to the Mets.
Pitcher Madison Bumgarner got off to a less than brilliant start before stepping out with left shoulder discomfort.
Each of the first six Mets hitters the veteran has faced made it to base, and a three-run James McCann homerun put the D-backs into the hole 4-0 early. Bumgarner managed to finish the round by bringing out the next two Mets.
In the second inning, manager Torey Lovullo said he and pitching coach Matt Herges felt the left-hander’s body language seemed out of place. Bumgarner allowed two more hits and finished the set before being replaced by Riley Smith to start the third.
“He just didn’t seem to have a good tempo and a good rhythm,” said Lovullo. “I started to pay attention to it and he just lacked finishing a little bit on his throws. … It was probably around step 40 that I noticed that something was not clicking, that something was wrong.
Bumgarner finished the day with eight hits allowed, two strikeouts and no walks. He said after the game that he had been feeling uneasy for about two to three weeks, but hadn’t given it much thought.
“Things come and go throughout the year, every year. It’s pretty rare to go out there and feel good every time and it’s just bad judgment on my part, ”said the pitcher. “I thought it was going to get better and go sooner.”
Bumgarner has allowed 16 earned runs in his last three starts and holds a 5.15 ERA. Lovullo said the pitcher will soon undergo an MRI to assess the extent of the injury.
The D-backs offense, however, wasn’t about to let New York take the lead and also roughed up Mets starting pitcher David Peterson in the first.
After main hitter Carson Kelly walked, Ketel Marte hit a homerun to reduce the Mets’ lead to two.
A Christian Walker single and two other walks released by Peterson laid the groundwork for Arizona’s latest acquisition, Ildemaro Vargas.
Vargas produced two runs on a single and Peterson was relieved by Robert Gsellman after registering just one out and giving up the tied run.
Vargas, a familiar face who started his career with the D-backs in 2017, went 2v3 on the day with three RBIs. The infielder was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ D-backs on Wednesday for money considerations.
A goal struck by Bumgarner against Gsellman gave the D-backs a 5-4 lead before Kelly took to the ground to end the inning.
“We kept fighting,” Lovullo said of the offense. “It’s good to make the noise we made after allowing four runs in the first set, to go ahead and put our own five there. It was just good, patient, really timely approaches. “
The Mets and D-backs traded runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, to keep the game tied until the ninth inning.
A brace from Francisco Lindor in ninth row of reliever Joakim Soria sounded the death knell for the D-backs. Two hitters later, Pete Alonso pushed Lindor to take the lead, while the D-backs couldn’t respond in the bottom of the ninth, sealing the loss.
League-wide, Wednesday was dedicated to day one Lou Gehrig, honoring the legendary player and his battle with ALS.
The D-backs begin a six-game road trip Thursday when they travel to Milwaukee to face the Brewers. The first pitch is set at 4:40 p.m. Listen live on ESPN 620 AM.