It seems to be catching up with Miami as Chisholm left the series opener with backspasm and caused a spillover effect at loanDepot Park. After the match, Mattingly said Chisholm was dealing with mild symptoms, but on Friday’s second at-bat, his back felt “really tight.”
Willian’s Astudiro replaced Chisholm when Miami took the field behind Ace Sandy Alcantara for the sixth time. Lojas was already a slow scratch with a bruise on his right leg and sent Berti to Short instead of the third place Lucas Williams started. Neither Astudillo nor Williams were on the roster on the first day, so they each joined the club within a month.
“Hopefully, jazz was in time and Miggy felt like he could get back there in a day,” Mattingly said. “I was treated all day. I see. Again, we’ve been pushing. Bert seemed to find something interesting on top of that. [ninth-inning] slide. I know where you are tomorrow. “
The absence of Chisholm was immediately felt. Tomas Nido and Brandon Nimmo set the stage for a game-changing sequence by opening frames with consecutive singles. Former Merlin Starling Marte sent the chopper to second place, and Astudillo charged the ball, tagged Nemo, and then appeared to be the first double play.
Buck Showalter, the Mets manager, challenged the phone and a review overturned both phones. Astudillo gloved Nemo, who had never reached second place, but the ball was in his hand. And Marte defeated the throw first. Astudillo was charged with a defensive mistake while playing. Instead of two outs and a third runner, the base was loaded without outs. Francisco Lindor, who first hit Alcantara on the home run, knocked on the base and doubled the gap in the middle right to make it a 5-2 ball game.
“I was trying to carry out a double play,” Astudillo said through an interpreter. “I knew I wasn’t touching him with the ball, so I gave my signal [Jesús Aguilar], You will be able to actually perform the out. “
Alcantara was charged with 5 runs (4 goals) in 7 innings, raising the National League’s best ERA from 1.72. 1.95, but he extended his winning streak to 9 for his consecutive start of at least 7 innings.
Alcantara surrendered two solo shots to Lindo and Mark Canha, giving up multiple Homers on his second start in 2022. Lindor turned on a 99.1mph sinker at the top of the zone, but Canha did the same with a fifth 98.4mph 4-seamer. These were the second and fourth highest pitch velocities in Alcantara’s career. Entering the series opener, he hit only 11 home runs in MLB this season, hitting a pitch of over 99.1 mph.
“It’s not very good for you because they make really quick adjustments,” said Alcantara, who faced Mets for his second consecutive start. “I’m ready for the pitch and I’m ready for tonight’s two seams, sliders, and change-ups.”
Miami had a chance to return favors to Drew Smith by loading the seventh base without an out, but Astudillo and Jorge Soler were overwhelmed. Garrett Cooper ran before Aguilar jumped out into the center. For the ninth time, Astudillo snapped a series of 21 stolen bases on behalf of Tyinglan until Berti was caught stolen. Astudillo ended up with a hit, but Soler settled down to force out and ended the game.
“It hurt us a bit,” Mattley said of the seventh. “We answered all day …. It’s a bit of a pain to get just one. You still need to get another, so you want to get at least two, and You know what they have [Edwin Díaz] That side. It will be difficult to get the 9th one. You want to put someone in there, but the closer you are to it, the better it is obviously.I wish I had found a gap there or something [we] I just couldn’t do that. “