Asdrubal Cabrera was bunting on his own.
But what might have seemed like a good idea turned into disaster for the veteran infielder, who popped up the bunt in Wednesday’s eighth inning and watched reliever Richard Bleier turn an easy double play in the Mets’ 1-0 loss to the Orioles at Citi Field.
The lefty Bleier caught the popup and nailed Brandon Nimmo, who ran from first to second base on the play.
Nimmo had singled leading off the inning, and Cabrera had the option to bunt or swing away, according to manager Mickey Callaway.
“I saw the third baseman playing way back and I just tried to put the ball on the line,” Cabrera said.
Callaway, who in recent days has preached a change in approach at the plate if necessary, said he was fine with Cabrera’s decision.
“Right idea, I think he was trying to get a runner in scoring position and maybe surprise them and be on base himself,” Callaway said. “The ball stayed up just enough for the pitcher to come and scoop it.”
Jeurys Familia was summoned to pitch the eighth inning in a scoreless game because Callaway wanted his closer facing the top of the Orioles’ batting order. Pedro Alvarez singled off Amed Rosario’s glove and Adam Jones delivered a single in the inning before Manny Machado’s sacrifice fly brought in the game’s only run.
“[Familia] threw the ball great,” Callaway said. “He gave up a really weak ground ball that we just didn’t get to and the run scores. That’s how pitchers’ seasons go. I don’t think he is in a different spot than he was early in the season.”
The Mets claimed left-handed pitcher P.J. Conlon off waivers from the Dodgers and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas. Conlon had been designated for assignment by the Mets last week. To clear space on the 40-man roster for Conlon’s return, Phillip Evans was designated for assignment.
Zack Wheeler singled in the fifth inning and is 6-for-21 (.286) at the plate this season.
The Mets’ 1-0 loss was their first since Sept. 14, 2016, at Washington. Overall, the Mets are 131-119 in franchise history in 1-0 games.
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