By: Kayla Mortellaro
PHOENIX— The Arizona Diamondbacks fell to the New York Mets 6-3 Sunday afternoon.
The afternoon did not start off as well as Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter hoped, giving up a lead-off home run to Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson.
Collmenter would end up pitching 6 innings, giving up 9 hits, 4 home runs, 5 earned runs, and only 1 strikeout. Granderson would get two home runs off Collmenter and short stop Wilmer Flores and third baseman Eric Campbell each added one a piece.
“Ball’s up, and if he’s up and out over the plate, they get him,” manager Chip Hale said about Collmenter giving up four home runs on the afternoon. “He’s got to either get it up and in or up and cut it off the plate so they swing and chase it. He just hasn’t had good location and big league hitters will hurt you.”
Collmenter earned the loss on the afternoon, now falling to 3-6 on the year. His ERA has risen to 5.24 and he has given up 13 home runs on the season, the most by any pitcher on the Diamondbacks’ roster.
Chase Field had 31,575 fans in attendance and collectively they cheered the loudest all afternoon in the eighth inning for David Hernandez as he made his trot from the bull-pen to the mound. Hernandez made his first appearance since Sept. 29, 2013. Hernandez had Tommy John surgery March 24, 2014, and has been on a long journey back to the big leagues.
Sunday afternoon, Hernandez’ fight and determination was rewarded by pitching a scoreless eighth inning, giving up 1 walk with 1 strikeout.
“I don’t really remember much,” Hernandez said after the game about his jog to the mound. “I just remember my heart beating really fast, like I was making my debut all over again. I am just happy I got out of the inning without giving up a run.”
Hale said Hernandez’ outing was a building block for him moving forward.
“Did a good job,” Hale said. “I mean the game was still tight and he needed three outs and he got them for us. Definitely good to see. He got through it fine and we’ll build from there.”
Right now, Hernandez expects to be available for the team every day if and when his team needs him.
“All systems go, I expect to be available every day and to be counted on, just like we all do down there,” Hernandez said. “I can’t wait to take the ball again.”
Meanwhile at the plate, the Diamondbacks mustered five hits, 3 runs, 2 earned off Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, who pitched seven innings, giving up 3 walks and had 10 strikeouts for the win (7-4). In three plate appearances, Goldy managed to get a single to right field and draw another walk bringing his season total to 47 bases on balls with 22 coming in the last 16 games.
With the loss Sunday, the Diamondbacks split the four-game series with the Mets and remain two games below .500 (27-29).
The Diamondbacks will head to California for an eight-game road trip that includes facing the Los Angeles Dodgers June 8-10, the San Francisco Giants June 12-14 and wrapping up against the Los Angeles Angels June 15-16.