This time, it was Jeurys Familia (2-3) allowing the winning run on two singles, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. That was enough to doom a Mets lineup that managed just five hits and committed a major faux pas when Asdrubal Cabrera, who had the highest batting average (.286) in Wednesday’s lineup, chose to try to bunt for a hit with a runner on first and none out in the bottom of the eighth.
Cabrera wound up lining the ball softly back to relief pitcher Richard Bleier, who easily turned a backbreaking double play.
“That was my call,” Cabrera said. “I saw the third baseman playing way back and tried to bunt the ball up the line.”
Callaway pointed to the absence of Yoenis Cespedes, who has been on the disabled list since May 16 with a hip flexor strain, as part of the reason for his team’s offensive struggles.
“You take a player of Cespedes’s caliber out, and it impacts the lineup greatly,” Callaway said. “He adds a whole new dynamic.”
Cespedes ran the bases before the game, and Callaway said he hope he would be activated in time for the series against the Yankees. Likewise, Noah Syndergaard, who will throw a bullpen session on Friday in preparation for a potential start on Sunday night.