Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Erik Goeddel allowed a two-run homer to A.J. Pollock in the 10th inning to lift the Diamondbacks. Jerry Blevins, Paul Sewald and AJ Ramos had combined to strike out four over 3 2/3 hitless innings prior Goeddel's appearance.
2) Yoenis Cespedes tied the game with a bases-loaded single in the seventh inning. Asdrubal Cabrera was thrown out at the plate on a perfect throw by Diamondbacks' left fielder David Peralta. Michael Conforto hit his 27th home run of the year leading off the bottom of the 10th.
3) Robert Gsellman allowed a run on five hits and a walk while striking out three over 6 1/3 innings. It was his longest outing since he tossed 6 2/3 shutout frames against the Braves on June 10.
Post-game reaction from Michelle Ioannou...
Would we get good a version of Robert Gsellman this game, or would we get a bad one? Thankfully, we got the good version.
Gsellman had a 1-2-3 opening inning, which gave everyone some hope. And Brandon Nimmo, who has recently taken over the leadoff spot, hit a leadoff double, so that was good as well...until he was caught in a rundown and tagged out. But back to Gsellman. He didn't even a runner reach until the third inning, but he made quite the bad barehanded throw which put a second runner on. No one scored despite the error, which is always something to be grateful for, especially this season.
Overall, Gsellman pitched 6 1/3 solid innings. It was an improvement from his first game back, and one of his best outings in a while. It was quite reassuring to see, and we can only hope that this Gsellman is here to stay - hopefully without the error though!
This game was yet another prime example of the Mets leaving runners stranded on base. After four innings, the Mets were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. They had the bases loaded in the second inning, and couldn't do anything. The Diamondbacks even gave the Mets a couple of gifts defensively, but they just couldn't capitalize on. In the words of Gary Cohen, the Mets had "scoring opportunities galore" this game. I couldn't describe it better myself.
The bottom of the seventh was the Mets' moment. Bases loaded, one out, and Yoenis Cespedes up at the plate. Sounds like the most ideal scenario, right? Well, Cespedes did not hit the grand slam we all wanted, but he did the game with an RBI single. It should've been a two-run single, but alas Asdrubal Cabrera was tagged out at home. If the Mets could all learn how to properly slide, that would be great.
And then came the free baseball. In case you don't already know how well that went, A.J. Pollock hit a two-run home run off of Erik Goeddel in the top of the 10th. Michael Conforto answered this with a solo shot off of Fernando Rodney. Unfortunately, this wasn't enough. Still, Conforto continues to show that he wants to lead this team, and he tried to do that in the bottom of the 10th. >> To follow Michelle on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
The Mets are 1-5 on their nine-game homestand and have lost seven of their last eight overall to fall 15 games below .500 (54-69).
New York is 1-9 against Arizona since the start of last season. They were swept during a three-game series at Chase Field in May.
Cespedes had three of the Mets' 11 hits. New York went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and dropped to 4-42 when scoring three runs or less.
Gsellman has surrendered three earned runs on nine hits over 11 2/3 innings in two starts since coming off the disabled list.
The Mets (54-69) continue their series with the Diamondbacks (68-57) at Citi Field on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Tommy Milone (1-2, 7.91 ERA, 1.73 WHIP) slides into the rotation for the disabled Steven Matz for his first start since May 21 after missing nearly three months with a sprained left knee. The southpaw was 0-2 with a 10.50 ERA in three starts with New York after being claimed off waivers from Milwaukee. Milone allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings during a loss to the Diamondbacks on May 16.
Patrick Corbin (10-11, 4.25 ERA 1.47 WHIP) aims for his third consecutive win coming off back-to-back scoreless starts. The 28-year-old has surrendered nine hits and struck out 15 over 15 1/3 shutout frames in his last two outings against the Cubs and Astros. Corbin took a no-decision against the Mets on May 17 when he allowed four runs over six innings in the Diamondbacks' victory.