Tuesday, May 18, 2021

New York Mets drop close one to the Tampa Bay Rays

 The New York Mets were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.  The game took place at

Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and the final score was 3-2.  David Peterson started for the Mets

and he pitched well.  Kevin Pillar led the offense with two hits.  

Peterson pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up four hits and two runs.  He walked two and struck out nine.  

Trevor May pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one, Miguel Castro took his first 

loss of the season pitching 1/3 of an inning and giving up a hit and a run with two walks and Aaron 

Loup pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one.  

Tyler Glasnow started for the Rays and he pitched eight innings giving up five hits and two runs with a

walk and ten strikeouts.  Pete Fairbanks pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one and 

picked up his first win of the season.  

Jeff McNeil had a hit, Michael Conforto drew a walk and Pillar had two hits.  Jonathan Villar had a hit

and two RBI, James McCann had a hit and Jose Peraza had a hit.  McNeil hit a double, Villar hit a 

homerun and the Mets were 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  

Manuel Margot had two hits and an RBI, Yandy Diaz had a hit and Brandon Lowe drew a walk.  Willy

Adames had a hit and drew a walk, Mike Zunino had a hit, an RBI and drew two walks and Kevin 

Padlo had a hit.  Brett Phillips had a hit and an RBI, Diaz, Padlo and Margot each hit a double and 

Zunino hit a homerun.  The Rays were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.

Margot was caught stealing and Diaz and Adames each committed an error.  

In the fifth Villar hit a two-run homerun to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.  In the bottom of the eighth Zunino

hit a solo homerun cutting the lead to 2-1.  Margot hit an RBI double to tie the game at two.  In the 

bottom of the ninth Phillips hit an RBI walk-off single giving the Rays a 3-2 victory.  

The two teams will play game two of three on Saturday.  

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