The Mets lost for a third time in extra inning to the Giants on Sunday, 3-2. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Sunday's game
1) The Mets went 5-4 in their road trip following the All-Star break and the pitching staff has played well and while the offense has struggled. From the 3rd inning to the 11th, the Mets did not record a hit against the Giants on Sunday. Over the final two innings, the bats were once again silent. Robert Gsellman took the loss as he gave up the walk-off home run to Mike Yastrzemski. However, the inning prior, Gsellman entered the game and recorded three outs as Jeurys Familia walked two batters and was pulled in the 12th inning. From innings seven to 10, Justin Wilson (1 IP), Seth Lugo (2 IP) and Edwin Diaz (1 IP) held the Giants without a hit.
2) Steven Matz wavered a few tight moments in his start. Entering the game, he had a first inning ERA of 10.69 but left that frame against the Giants without damage. In total, Matz had six innings of work, giving up two runs on six hits while adding six strikeouts. Despite the two runs, Matz held the Giants to 2-for-10 at the plate with runners in scoring position to keep his team in the game.
3) For the second-straight game, the Mets took an early lead thanks to their power in the second inning. Dominic Smith hit a solo homer on Saturday in the second frame to give the Mets the lead and on Sunday, Michael Conforto did the same, sending a shot into McCovey Cove. But the Mets didn't stop there, as Amed Rosario hit his 11th homer of his year, a new career-high, two at-bats later.
4) Pete Alonso didn't get the start on Saturday but ended up entering the game as a pinch hitter and knocked a three-run homer. On Sunday, Alonso made that moment seem like a distant memory as he was visibly frustrated on multiple occasions. After a strikeout, Alonso snapped his bat over his knee in the third inning. At the plate, Alonso is 4-for-34 since the All-Star break with 14 strikeouts and three home runs.
While in the field, Alonso's confidence seemed shaky at best, too. Todd Frazier, who struck out four times himself, had an errant throw to Alonso at first and on a hop, Alonso missed it. After tracking the ball down behind first, Alonso tried to throw a runner out at second base and sent the ball into left field. Alonso hung and shook his head, despite the runners holding. In the ninth inning, there was more of the same. Alonso missed a slow ground ball with his glove, but still recovered and got the out, tossing the ball to Lugo covering the bag. Alonso again looked dejected.
5) Jeff McNeil put his range on display in right field with a highlight reel catch. Donovan Solano made contact in the seventh inning and sent what should've been an extra-base hit down the right field line. In a full sprint, McNeil, running to his left, jumped, caught the ball over his head, and took a hard shot from the wall in the corner. After a moment, McNeil hopped up and trotted to the dugout with the ball in his glove as the athletic play ended the frame.
The Mets have Monday off and return to Citi Field on Tuesday for a meeting with the San Diego Padres. Chris Paddock will start for the Padres while the Mets have yet to name a starting pitcher.