Francisco Lindor, Mets extend struggles in loss to Guardians

CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor returned home to Progressive Field on Monday and gave Guardians fans a treat.

He did a zippo on the plate.

The Mets’ shortstop wasn’t the only one ineffective, but his quiet performance was most noticeable for a player who was hitless in four at-bats and only had a batting average of .193.

Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor, 12, reacted after getting struck out in the first inning. David Richard – USA TODAY Sports

That night, Lindor and the Mets lost 3-1 to the Guardians, and it was Lake’s mistake.

Beyond their offensive problems, the Mets made costly mistakes in the field and on the bases, leading to their eighth loss in 11 games.

Starling Marte was the only Mets player to make headlines when he was ejected in the fourth inning for protesting umpire Manny Gonzalez’s strike-three call.

Lindor, who spent his first six major league seasons in Cleveland but hasn’t played there since being traded to the Mets, got a few boos but mostly cheers when he stepped up to the plate in the first inning.

Pete Alonso of the Mets dropped his bat as he ran to first base after hitting a single in the sixth inning. AP

Lindor, who hit the leadoff batter in three consecutive games since coach Carlos Mendoza’s batting lineup adjustments, struck out, struck out, hit an infield fly, and grounded out three times.

Tyler Megill, who returned from the disabled list, allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts.

The Guardians led by two runs against Megill in the first inning, one of which was unearned following a left field error by Brandon Nimmo.

New York Mets starting pitcher Tyler Megill #38 pitches in the first inning. Getty Images

Josh Naylor’s single misplayed Nimmo, allowing Naylor to reach second and Jose Ramirez to third.

David Frye’s next two-run single produced the first run of the game.

In the bottom of the second inning, Marte’s comeback shot put J.D. Martinez and Marte both out, resulting in a brutal home run for the Mets.

Guardians center fielder Tyler Freeman (2) made the catch in the first inning. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

Martinez was caught between second and third place, and Marte, who was aiming for second place, was forced to fall back to first place.

Thomas Nido hit a home run against Ben Lively in the third inning, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. Nido’s home run was his second of the season, as his breaking ball traveled 405 feet into the left field seats.

In the fourth inning, Frye walked to lead off the inning and stole second base, then Kyle Manzard hit an RBI double to give the Guardians a 3-1 lead.

Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez (left) tags out New York Mets’ JD Martinez (right) between second and third base in the second inning. AP

But Megill rebounded and struck out Naylor, retiring Brayan Rocchio and stranding the runner.

Tyrone Taylor, who came on after Marte was ejected, walked with two outs in the sixth inning to load the bases, and Brett Batty got his third strikeout of the game.