Mets Dominic Smith becomes a big hit but fails in the biggest spot

Dominic Smith did as much opportunity as he was given. Then, no better opportunity arrived.

To take advantage of the increased playing time since Yonis Cespedes departed, Smith crushed a solo homer into the upper deck of Citi Field in the second inning of Friday’s game against the Marlins. It was Smith’s team’s eighth RBI in his 19th batting season.

“I felt like I was right on it,” Smith said of his second homer of the season. “I just wanted to be on time and I put a good swing on it.”

When the 4-3 defeat was over, a swing stole his night’s memory.

Moving upwards with a plate in the eighth, the chairs were full and one dropped down, before Smith flew to the shallow center, trailing 0-2 in the count. Wilson Ramos groundout at the end of the inning and the Mets never threatened again.

“We got a situation where it is weighted and a tie is going on the third and winning on the second and unfortunately I was not able to work,” Smith said. He said, ‘We took those runs ahead [across]. I got a job. ”

Dominic Smith kicks out for shallow center field with bases loaded during the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Marlins on Friday night.
Dominic Smith kicks out for shallow center field with bases loaded during the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Marlins on Friday night.NY Post: Charles Weinberg

Jeff McNeill and AMD Rosario both returned from a multi-game absence. McNeill had not played since Monday’s game against the Braves with a low-grade right intercostal strain (back). Rosario had also been out since Monday, when he was pulled over with a left quad tightness.

The hopeful Robinson Cano was recalled by Louis Rojas when his 10-day minimum stay on the injured list ended. The 37-year-old second baseman took the grounders before Friday’s game.

“He’s progressing really well and responding really well to treatment,” the Mets manager said.

Robert Gsellman will soon make his long-awaited comeback.

Appearing in a game last August 11, the reliever – most recently put on the injured list on July 22 with right triceps tendinitis – rejoined the Mets on Friday. Gsellman said his recent absence was a precautionary measure, and did not worry after experiencing a second injury to his throwing arm in the last year.

“When I went to the camp I was feeling some hand problems. It was nothing big, ”said Gsellman. “It was just taking a slow pace and making sure I was perfectly healthy. I am back to normal now.

“Everything I need is for me … I think I can definitely help.”

JD Davis went 1-for-4 with an RBI, setting a career-high with an 11-game hitting streak. … Pete Alonso went 2-for-4 with his first double of the year, snapping a nine-game drought without an extra-base hit. … Brandon Nimmo extended his career high-base streak to 20.

Pitcher Daniel Zamora and outfielder Ryan Cordell were selected for the team’s alternate training venue. Infielder Luis Carpio was added to the team’s 60-man player pool.


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