Before and after it has been a different story.
Thursday night, most of the Mets hitters could have traded places with the cardboard cutouts in the stands and few would have recognized the difference.
The Red Sox added an insurance run in the ninth, when they loaded the bases against beleaguered Mets closer Edwin Diaz before Jose Peraza was hit by a pitch. The lefty departed from the game with a 2-0 lead, but the bullpen blew it and the Braves ended up winning 5-3 in 10 innings. Michael Conforto, who went 0-for-3 Thursday, struck out swinging.More news: Microsoft explains the upcoming changes to Cortana voice assistant
Perez hopes for better results in second startBoston won its season opener against the Orioles but proceeded to lose four straight games before pulling out a 6-5 victory over the Mets on Wednesday.
"I'm frustrated by those at-bats", said Conforto. Suddenly, the Red Sox find themselves at the bottom of the American League East standings with a 3-4 overall record.
With two outs in the eighth, Rojas admitted that he considered using Dominic Smith to hit Giménez, but stayed with the rookie based on his two hits the night before. Matz also allowed an infield hit and walk in the inning before escaping.More news: Basketball-WNBA to play season at single site in Florida without fans
In a mediocre performance, Steven Matz lasted 5 ¹/₃ innings and allowed three earned runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts, departing after 104 pitches. Jeff McNeil's two singles (one of which didn't go out of the box) were the Mets' only hits against Perez.
Yet for a second straight night the game was there for the taking in the late innings and the Mets couldn't deliver. But first on the agenda was trying to win a four-game series against the Red Sox.
Notes: Perez will try to bounce back from his start Saturday, when he gave up five runs, four earned, in five innings of a 7-2 loss to Baltimore. The two teams will wrap up their four game series tonight, with first pitch for the contest scheduled for 7:07 p.m.at Citi Field. Christian Vazquez wasn't letting up on Matz, as the Red Sox catcher crushed two home runs off the southpaw before he finally struck him out swinging in his third at-bat.More news: COVID-19 app, backed by federal government, now available
McNeil's two-run single in the third inning gave the Mets their score against Perez.