When you're down 18 runs in the eighth inning, why not bring in a position player to pitch? Oh, right. This is why not.
Mets skipper Mickey Callaway gave Jose Reyes--JOSE REYES--an inning on the mound with his team down big. Watching him try to hit a baseball in 2018 has been painful enough, but his appearance on the mound was just as bad.
Reyes got Met killer Ryan Zimmerman to fly out to right field to lead off the inning, but he gave up a double immediately after to Juan Soto and followed that up with a mammoth two-run home run by Matt Adams that had to be reviewed by umpires. Adams' 17th home run of the season gave the Nationals a 21-1 lead.
Michael A. Taylor and Matt Waiters worked back to back walks before pinch hitter Mark Reynolds cranked a three run homer to center, extending the Nats' lead to 24-1.
Callaway left Reyes in the game, and he paid for it. Trea Turner singled, and although Anthony Rendon flew out for the second out of the inning, Wilmer Difo hit an RBI triple to score Turner. This caused the first mound visit of the inning.
In his second at-bat of the eighth inning on Tuesday, Zimmerman got hit by a Jose Reyes "heater," putting runners at the corners for Soto, who flew out to left field to finally end the inning.
Mets’ fans favorite moments of the 2018 season, ranked:— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) July 31, 2018
1. Bryce Harper getting traded
2. Jacob deGrom winning the Cy Young
3. Jose Reyes’ final at-bat of the year
4. The season ending
For the night, Reyes pitched an inning, giving up six runs on five hits, walking two with one hit by pitch and zero strikeouts on 48 pitches. 48 pitches! His ERA now sits at 54.00. LGM!