The Mets' Brandon Nimmo hits a triple against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 24, 2018, at Miller Park.

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Schwei's Mets Notes: Nimmo's Success, Home Runs, Callaway's Ejection

John Schweibacher
June 19, 2018 - 10:08 am
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The New York Mets have their first three-game winning streak in almost a month after rallying to beat the Diamondbacks and blowing out the Rockies on their current 10-game road trip.

The Mets won their third game in a row, 12-2, over the Rockies in the opener of the four-game series at Coors Field Monday night.

The Mets homered four times and had 15 hits, their most since May 28th in Atlanta when they also had 15. The 12 runs were the most the Mets had scored since May 15th vs. the Blue Jays at Citi Field.

Brandon Nimmo led off the game with an inside-the-park home run and finished it 4-for-6 with two home runs and a career-high four runs batted in.

According to the player game finder on baseball-reference.com, it was the third time in club history a Mets batter hit a leadoff inside the park home run:

6/18/18 Brandon Nimmo at Col

8/23/09 Angel Pagan  vs. Phi

5/7/63   Charlie Neal  vs. Phi

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Nimmo was also the third player to have four hits and four RBI in a game as a leadoff hitter in club history:

6/18/18 Brandon Nimmo at Col

9/7/89   Gregg Jefferies   vs. Stl

7/6/70   Tommie Agee     vs. Stl

Brandon Nimmo was also the hero on Sunday, as his two-out, two-run go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth inning helped the Mets to a 5-3 comeback victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Nimmo's home run off Brad Boxberger gave the Mets the lead and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a solo homer as the Mets won back-to-back games for the first time since May 18th through the 21st, when they won four in a row.

It was the second time this season the Mets hit two 9th-inning home runs in the same game. Michael Conforto and Devin Mesoraco hit back-to-back homers at Philadelphia on May 12th in a 3-1 comeback win. 

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The Mets got their first win on the road trip and just their 4th in 21 games, beating the D’backs, 5-1, Saturday night in Arizona.

Michael Conforto had a home run, a double and four RBI in the win. It was Conforto's third homer in just eight career at-bats against Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin.

Conforto has nine career regular season home runs vs. left-handed pitchers. The only right-handed pitcher Conforto has hit three career homers against is Max Scherzer.

The Diamondbacks made it two straight wins over the Mets, 7-3, last Friday night at Chase Field.

Dominic Smith, on his 23rd birthday, hit his first home run of the season in the loss and became the 14th different player in club history to hit a home run on his birthday:

  • Dominic Smith         6/15/18
  • Anthony Recker       8/29/13 
  • Calros Beltran          4/24/08 
  • Jeromy Burnitz         4/15/03 
  • Mike Piazza      (3x) 9/4/98, 9/4/00 & 9/4/02
  • Todd Hundley          5/27/94
  • Charlie O’Brien        5/1/92
  • Kevin Elster              8/3/89
  • Gary Carter               4/8/88
  • Wally Backman        9/22/86
  • Jim Beauchamp        8/21/72
  • Tommie Agee           8/9/69
  • Cleon Jones               8/4/68
  • Jim Hickman     (2x) 5/10/63 & 5/10/66

The Mets lost the opening game of the four-game series with the Diamondbacks, 6-3, Thursday night.

Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario each hit solo home runs in the loss.

According to the game finder on baseball-reference.com, the last time the Mets lost a game with three different players hitting a solo homer was also against Arizona, back on July 3rd, 2013 at Citi Field when David Wright, Josh Satin and Daniel Murphy went deep in a 5-3 loss.

Lucas Duda provided all the offense by himself when he hit three solo home runs in a 9-3 loss to the Padres at Citi Field on July 29th, 2015.

The Braves completed the two-game sweep of the Mets with a 2-0 win Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta.

Jacob DeGrom took the hard-luck loss, allowing just one run in seven innings. It was the second time in his career deGrom lost a game despite giving up just one run in at least five innings of work.

According to ultimatemets.com, here are the pitchers with the most career starts for the Mets who suffered the most losses in games that they allowed just one run over at least five innings:

Tom Seaver     7

Roger Craig     6

Ron Darling     6

Jon Matlack     5

Sid Fernandez  5

Steve Trachsel  5

Jon Niese          5

Matt Harvey     5

The Mets dropped the opener of the two game series in Atlanta, 8-4, last Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.

Mickey Callaway was ejected for the first time as Mets manager after arguing with home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater in the top of the 6th inning after Scheurwater ruled Brandon Nimmo did not attempt to get out of the way of a pitch and did not award Nimmo first base.

The ejection came in Callaway’s 63rd game as Mets manager. Eight Mets skippers were kicked out of a game earlier in their tenures at the helm of the club (courtesy of Retrosheet.org:

Wes Westrum           5

Jerry Manuel            7

Joe Torre                  9

Frank Howard         17

Terry Collins            19

George Bamberger   20

Dallas Green           31

Bud Harrelson         57

Yogi Berra took the longest of any Mets manager before his first ejection. Berra was thrown out of a game by home plate umpire Tom Gorman on June 21st, 1973, his 217th game as Mets manager.

Happy Recap:  Early Present. On the eve of his 30th birthday Monday night, the Mets scored 12 runs for Jacob deGrom, one more than they managed in deGrom's previous eight starts combined. 

Nine Miles of Rough Road: Jay Bruce. Mets outfielder is facing a DL stint after he was scratched from the lineup Monday due to continued hip soreness. Bruce is hitting .172 with no homers and three RBIs over his last 30 games.