The Mets and starter David Peterson may have hit their rock-bottom moment in the first inning on Wednesday night.
With the Mets having already lost the first two games of the series to the hapless Cubs, Peterson lasted just 1/3 of an inning in the finale at Citi Field. The lefty allowed five earned runs on two hits and three walks – including the first two batters of the game – helping to dig the Mets into a 6-0 hole.
The Mets scored just three runs combined in the first two games against Chicago.
Peterson, whose only out came via a strikeout of Patrick Wisdom, was lifted after allowing back-to-back two-run doubles to Yan Gomes and P.J. Higgins that put Chicago up 4-0. It was the second straight abbreviated start for Peterson, who went just 3 2/3 innings in the Mets’ 6-3 loss to the Marlins in Miami on Sept. 9.
Trevor Williams came on in relief and proceeded to allow a double to Michael Hermosillo and a single to Nelson Velasquez that each plated one run before fanning the next two batters to end the frame.
But there is some good news for the Mets: The Braves, who are a game back in the NL East, lost to the Giants on Wednesday afternoon. Also, Max Scherzer allowed one run on three hits and struck out seven in 3 2/3 innings for Triple-A Syracuse in what should be his final tune-up before returning to the Mets rotation – meaning Peterson can be sent to the bullpen.
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