Clayton Richard embraces the tank. Hunter Renfroe does not. But despite Renfroe’s will, the Friars dropped the home series opener against the Mets after attempting a late-game rally fueled by Renfroe and a would-be walk-off from Jabari Blash.
Renfroe kiiiiiilled it tonight. In his 2-for-4 game he went yard twice. In one of his homers, he went beyond-yard, utterly crushing a baseball onto the Western Metal building for the second time.
His second homer would land, though not much sooner than his building shot. Renfroe is now about to hit 20 home runs for the season. His catch in the 5th to save some more (two) potential runs from scoring was almost as impressive.
Other than that, Carlos Asuaje would bring home on the only other run with an RBI-double. Jose Pirela and Manuel Margot both had multi-hit nights, and Hector Sanchez continued endearing fans with another hit off the bench.
Not that it should be considered a sin against winning, but Jabari Blash had an opportunity to be a hero tonight and just barely blew it. With two on in the bottom of the 9th with one out, he hit an opposite-field rocket that would land about three seats foul. After being confirmed foul, he’d then strike out.
The rest of the Swingin’ Friars were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position, leaving 6 potential runs on base. 8 hits to the Mets’ 12 would add to the doomed lost.
So it’s not 12 runs, but 5 runs from Clayton Richard is hardly anything to be proud of. Richard was given the full 8 innings tonight despite giving up runs in the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 8th inning. Mostly because we just traded away some quality parts in our bullpen, but also because winning a series against the Mets isn’t really that big of a deal.
Still, go Friars!