CINCINNATI — Max Scherzer’s return from practically seven weeks on the injured listing went about in addition to the Mets might have scripted Tuesday night time.
However in a case of mistaken id, Scherzer’s teammates evidently thought he was Jacob deGrom.
That meant nothing by way of run help, nullifying the zeroes Scherzer positioned on the scoreboard towards the Reds.
Mike Moustakas hit a sacrifice fly within the ninth that accounted for the one run within the Mets’ 1-0 loss at Nice American Ball Park.
Seth Lugo, pitching for a second straight night time, loaded the bases with no person out within the ninth: Tommy Pham doubled main off and Tyler Naquin was deliberately walked earlier than Donovan Solano walked. Moustakas ended it with a drive to medium heart discipline.
Scherzer was sensible over 79 pitches that encompassed six shutout innings wherein he allowed two hits and struck out 11. He completed sturdy, retiring the final eight batters he confronted, six of them by strikeout.
Mets pitcher Max Scherzer delivers within the second inning towards the Reds.Getty Photos
Earlier than Scherzer’s return from a left indirect pressure, Francisco Lindor tried to downplay the concept the right-hander can be a savior, placing an emphasis on the group as a complete.
“It’s not their job to save lots of our season,” Lindor stated, referring to Scherzer and deGrom, who’s rehabbing at Single-A. “All of us need to do no matter it takes to assist the group win every day. These guys are simply part of the group, so they will going to go on the market and provides us an opportunity to win. If Max comes out and doesn’t win, it’s what it’s. Who cares? You’ve got to maneuver on.”
The Reds didn’t get a three-ball depend towards Scherzer till the fifth, when Matt Reynolds went forward 3-1 earlier than placing out. Michael Papierski then whiffed, finishing a strikeout of the facet. Scherzer’s efficiency was the 107th of his profession wherein he reached double digits in strikeouts.
Scherzer needed to work by a second inning wherein he threw 22 pitches, escaping with a strikeout of Reynolds. Within the inning Scherzer allowed a single to Solano earlier than Moustakas was drilled by a pitch.
The Reds didn’t get one other base runner till Naquin’s single within the fourth, however Solano and Moustakas struck out in succession to finish the inning.
Scherzer’s first inning went about as easily as he might have needed: 9 pitches and three outs, which included a strikeout of Jonathan India main off the body.
Joely Rodriguez pitched an ideal seventh for the Mets earlier than Tommy Hunter escaped a jam within the eighth to maintain the sport scoreless. The Reds bought runners to second and third with one out on a single, stroll and sacrifice bunt. Hunter responded by retiring India and Brandon Drury.
Reds left-hander Nick Lodolo annoyed the Mets with 4 ²/₃ scoreless innings wherein he allowed three hits and three walks. The Mets had their finest likelihood towards him within the second, when Mark Canha and Jeff McNeil singled and superior to second and third on a wild pitch. However Lodolo struck out J.D. Davis earlier than James McCann was retired to finish the menace.
Within the first inning, Starling Marte walked and stole second however was left stranded. Marte singled within the third and was picked off first base — after taking steps towards second — by the catcher Papierski.
Canha hit a grounder within the sixth that India threw away (dominated a single and error), however was left stranded at second base.