The Mets bullpen blew a 6-4 lead by allowing four runs in the seventh inning in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Relievers Robert Gsellman, Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald surrendered four runs, four hits and a walk in one inning after Zack Wheeler settled down after a three-run third inning.
Gsellman retired two of the first three batters he faced before giving up a two-out walk to Jesus Aguilar. Manager Mickey Callaway opted to bring in Blevins, who had not given up a run in his last 11 appearances entering Sunday, to face Travis Shaw. A lefty specialist, left-handed hitters were 7-for-26 off Blevins entering Sunday. (By contrast, right-handed hitters were 1-for-10.)
"What's happened in the small sample size this year obviously weighs on you a little bit," Callaway said. "But you can't really let that affect you hwne you're making decisions. ... The overall numbers suggest that Blevins has a much greater chance to get the hitter out. I think you have to go with those. It's part of managing the game today. It's just like preparing and doing everything you can, and if things don't work out, you feel OK about it."
But Shaw hit a 1-2 fastball into center field for an RBI single, and Callaway promptly replaced Blevins with Sewald.
"I don't think I've been this angry with baseball in a while," Blevins said after the game. "It was a perfect time and setup for me. I pitched alright yesterday. Mickey puts me in a situation that's tailor-made for me. ... I didn't do my job. I feel like I'm right there, right on the verge. I think we all are. Just frustration. This will be a tough one for me personally to get through. This one's going to be an angry flight for me."
The bullpen's struggles continued. Sewald then gave up a go-ahead two-run double to Domingo Santana, and Jonathan Villar followed with an RBI double to make it 8-6. Including Saturday's 17-6 loss, Mets relievers have allowed 16 runs (12 earned) and 18 hits in their last eight innings.
"It can get frustrating, but it's part of the game," Gsellman said of the seventh inning. "We were going [with the] matchups and [it] didn't go our way today."