Former Duke baseball ace Marcus Stroman was let down by the New York Mets.
It’s not been a fun month of baseball if you’re a fan of the New York Mets (59-60), but the former leaders of the National League East turned to the former Duke baseball ace Marcus Stroman (8-12) to get the team back on track against the San Francisco Giants (78-42) Tuesday night in the Bay Area.
Stroman was touched for two home runs in the outing, a 2-run shot by Tommy La Stella in the first round and a solo bomb by Evan Longoria in the seventh round.
The former Blue Devil threw a season-high 114 laps over seven innings as he spread five hits with three runs, two innings and nine strikeouts.
New York failed to score until the eighth inning when Pete Alonso brought the club within one run of the Giants with a 2-round homer, but the Mets could not equalize in the ninth inning and fell below .500 for the first time since early May. .
Duke baseball ace trying to be a newfound ace for the New York Mets
Marcus Stroman has always been a starting pitcher in the front line in his Major League Baseball career, but with many injuries the Mets have, especially CY Young winner Jacob deGrom, the former Blue Devil is trying to fill the big shoes.
Stroman is 8-12 this season with a 2.84 ERA, but the Mets have seen a lead of five games in the division turn into a deficit of four and a half games in six weeks.
Things will not get any easier for the Mets, losers of five straight games, as the stretch against the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers continues tomorrow afternoon with the league final at Oracle Park at 15:45 EST.