Mets RHP Jeurys Familia surrendered a go-ahead two-run double to Tucker Barnhart in the eighth inning of Sunday's 10-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field in his first set of back-to-back outings since returning from a blood clot.
Familia (1-2) allowed two runs, two hits and three walks in 2/3 of an inning. After he intentionally walked Scott Schebler with a runner on second and one out, Barnhart followed with a double to right field that broke a 5-5 tie. Familia then walked two of the next three batters before manager Terry Collins pulled him.
Familia, who recorded a franchise-record 51 saves last season, only has three this season after spending three and a half months on the disabled list due to a blood clot in his shoulder.
"I don't feel tired, but at the same time I think I'm trying too much," Familia, 27, said, according to Newsday's Steven Marcus. "I'm just trying to get to the point where I've always been when I'm healthy 100 percent. But like I said I lost three months of the season. I gotta keep working on my delivery and see what happens.''
Familia said he wants to work his way back into the closer role, but Collins said in order for him to do that, he needs to pitch in consecutive games. Familia, who has a 5.71 ERA in 17 1/3 innings this season, threw a 13-pitch 1-2-3 inning in Saturday's 6-1 win, but allowed five of the seven batters he faced on Sunday to reach base.
"He was absolutely brilliant [on Saturday]," Collins said, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. "He just didn't have the same command, really, more than anything else. Velocity was OK until the last few hitters, until you could tell he was getting fatigued. We're at the stage where we're trying to figure out some things. We found out that he's not ready to go back-to-back."