Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz lost his second straight start for the first time in his career.
He allowed five runs (four earned) and nine hits in six innings during a 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
In a three-run second inning and the Brewers up 1-0, Brewers pitcher Zach Davies dropped down a successful squeeze bunt that scored Scooter Gennett. Matz picked up the bunt, but his poor throw to Kelly Johnson at first base allowed Keon Broxton to score as well.
"I hurt myself throwing the ball away," Matz said. "It's just part of the game. I've got to make better pitches, really. I just didn't get a good grip on it. The ball just cut. It's tough to snag those when they're down in the dirt like that."
In seven starts from mid-April through the end of May, Matz went 7-0 with a 1.13 ERA. However, in his last two starts, he's allowed seven runs and 17 hits in 11 innings.
"I felt more comfortable than I did last time on the mound," Matz said of Sunday's start. "They just put good at-bats up. The biggest thing was not making a pitch when I had to. That was really it. They capitalized on some mistakes that I made, and they made it hurt."
He may have been more confortable, but he looked significantly worse. He had no command of his curve ball on Sunday, despite repeatedly throwing it and trying to get a grip. In fact, there were a few he tossed that didn't break at all, just flopping to the plate. Then, he left his fastball up in the strike zone, meaning if he made a mistake -- which he did often -- the Brewers hit it. It was a bad start, and the his fielding also didn't help. It happens. The kid can pitch, we know that. He just didn't have a good feel Sunday.