Mets closer Edwin Diaz called Wednesday's 9-8 loss to the Dodgers the worst game of his Major League career.
The Mets' closer entered the ninth inning with a three-run lead, but the Dodgers jumped all over him. Joc Pederson and Max Muncy hit back-to-back home runs to start the inning, making it a one-run game. Diaz then loaded the bases with the game tied, and Alex Verdugo ended the game with a sacrifice fly to left.
"Today was easily the worst day of my career, the worst game of the season for me," Diaz said via a translator on Wednesday night. "I thought I threw excellent pitches. I threw strikes. I threw the ball where I wanted to, and they just got me.
"I was throwing my fastball. I was throwing my slider well. I was throwing my fastball with good velocity, but they just kept hitting."
After the game Mickey Callaway said he believed Diaz would work his way out of his early jam.
"The whole time I'm thinking 'Oh, he's going to get out of this. He'll strike a couple of guys out and get that third out,' but it just didn't happen," Callaway said. "They just hit him. They hit his fastball. The one slider he throws, they hit it out of the park. They just went up there and put good swings on him and hit him around … He actually looked pretty good, 97, 98, good life, but these guys can just hit."
Diaz's ERA still stands at just 1.64 after Wednesday's rough outing.
"It's very frustrating when you're out there because you can save the game, you have the opportunity to win that game," Diaz said. "Today was a bad day, but tomorrow hopefully is a better one."