The aborted Carlos Gomez/Wilmer Flores trade ended in tears. Today isn’t much better for the Mets and their fans.
Playing a day game against the Padres, the Mets took a 7-5 lead into the 9th inning, poised for victory. With two outs in the inning, the rains came. Big rains. Delaying the game even though there was only one out to go, which I can’t ever recall happening. Mets players couldn’t believe it and just stood on the field in shock as the tarp came out. A rain delay ensued.
When play resumed, Derek Norris singled. And then Matt Kemp singled. And then Justin Upton came to the plate, rain pouring down, and hit a three run homer to put the Padres up 8-7. Just a total back breaker.
But it gets worse!
After Yangervis Solarte grounded out, the game was delayed again. And this time the grounds crew couldn’t get the dang tarp on the field:
The field is now covered, but only partially. And it is totally drenched:
I guess that’s better than a hot mess. Which describes the last 24 hours in Mets Land.
The Yankees defeated the Astros 4-1 during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night, staving off a potential postseason elimination and forcing the series to at least six games.
In just the third playoff appearance of his career, Yankees southpaw James Paxton turned in another impressive performance, limiting the Astros to four hits and four walks over six innings of one-run ball. According to MLB Stats, his nine strikeouts made him the second Yankees lefty to record multiple starts of 8+ strikeouts in the same postseason campaign, two decades after David Wells did so for the 1998 championship-winning club.
Paxton’s strong outing was backed by a handful of runs from DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks, both of whom went deep against Astros ace Justin Verlander in the bottom of the first inning. LeMahieu’s leadoff solo shot marked his first postseason home run since Game 1 of the ALDS, while Hicks’ three-run 347-footer was his first home run of any variety since July 24 (and his first in the playoffs since the 2017 ALDS).
Neither team managed a single run after the first inning, leaving the two pitching staffs to duke it out for eight quick innings. Verlander outlasted Paxton — taking the game through the seventh with five hits, four runs, and nine strikeouts — but even with a flawless contribution from Brad Peacock in the eighth, there was little the hurlers could do to help the Astros solve Paxton and an airtight Yankees bullpen.
With the win, the Yankees will try to push the series to a full seven games in order to snatch the AL pennant from the Astros. They’ll have to do in Houston, however, as the Astros will regain home field advantage when Game 6 kicks off on Saturday at 8:08 PM EDT. Neither starter has been announced yet; per Houston skipper A.J. Hinch, it will likely be a bullpen day.