It’s only been 10 days since my last Gustavo Watch, but what can I say? The guy keeps pitching badly — and last night I had the pleasure of watching his mini-meltdown on TV.
It all started when Gustavo entered the game in the 14th inning and walked the leadoff man. As you can see in the photo below, he seemed a bit nervous immediately after:
That leadoff man, by the way, was Jose Reyes, and after he advanced to second base on a sac bunt by Angel Pagan, our friend Gustavo got a visit from his pitching coach:
Reyes proceeded to steal third base, and then Gustavo walked Mike Hessman to put runners on the corners.
What happened next?
I’m glad you asked.
Chacin was instructed to issue an intentional walk to Carlos Beltran:
Ike Davis stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded…
…and hit a routine fly ball to right field.
Sac fly, baby!
Check out SNY’s snazzy split-screen action…
…and note the updated score:
What happened to Francoeur and his .290 on-base percentage?
With the bases now loaded for a second time, I was hoping for a granny from Josh Thole, but alas, the young catcher went down swinging to end the inning.
Nevertheless, Gustavo had surrendered the go-ahead run. That’s all that mattered. The Hample Jinx had done did its job yet again.
Mets closer Manny Acosta (Manny Acosta?!) retired the Astros on five pitches in the bottom of the 14th, and that was that. Game over. Final score: Mets 3, Astros 2.
Here’s a final screen shot…
…and a closer look in case you missed the most important part: