Tommy Milone threw five solid innings in his debut for the New York Mets, but Jeurys Familia couldn’t bring it home in the ninth.

The New York Mets failed to complete a sweep of their three-game series with the San Francisco Giants, after Tommy Milone threw five solid innings and Jay Bruce hit his 10th home run.

  • Final Score: Giants 6 (12-23), Mets 5 (16-17)
  • W: Bryan Morris (1-0)
  • L: Jeurys Familia (1-1)
  • S: Derek Law (2)
  • NL, Final, Box Score
  • Citi Field, Queens, New York

A Much Needed Starting Performance

The southpaw Milone tossed 87 pitches over his five innings of work, allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five.

His first two strikeouts in a Met uniform came on just his second and third batters faced, with Eduardo Nunez and Hunter Pence falling victim to Milone.

Milone even managed to help his own cause with an RBI single in the fourth inning, knocking in Curtis Granderson on the hit.

Milone was picked up off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers last week, after injuries have consumed the Mets’ starting pitching depth. Noah Syndergaard will be out a few months, along with the not very close returns of Steven Matz and Seth Lugo still looming, making Milone’s start all the more helpful.

Bruce Bombs Another

Jay Bruce hit his “second” 10th home run of the season today off of Matt Cain, after his “first” 10th home run of the year was erased following last week’s rainout against the Atlanta Braves.

According to Anthony DiComo of, Bruce’s bomb was projected by Statcast to be 436 feet, with the ball ending up in the right field bullpen.

Bruce now sits in the top ten of the majors in home runs, and has paired his newly double-digit home run total with 26 RBIs, making him likely the second best hitter for the Mets this season behind Michael Conforto.

What Else to Know From Today

Most of the bullpen continued their recent streak of success, almost holding up Milone’s strong debut for the Mets by tossing three scoreless innings between Fernando Salas, Josh Edgin, Hansel Robles, Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins, with just three hits and a walk allowed, striking out two in the process.

But Jeurys Familia couldn’t hold onto the lead, allowing three earned runs in the bottom of the ninth on two hits and two walks, ultimately putting the Mets down by three going into the bottom half.

Wilmer Flores had a great day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a two-RBI double in the bottom of the ninth that brought the Mets within one, before Kevin Plawecki hit a dribbler in front of home plate and Buster Posey made the final 2-3 out of the game.

Granderson continued the breaking out of his slump, as he hit an RBI double today with a run scored out of the five spot. He also played in left field with Conforto out of the lineup because of hamstring tightness.

With Conforto out, Jose Reyes resumed his early career role in the leadoff spot, going 0-for-4 with a walk, run scored and a stolen base.

Conforto did make an appearance in the eighth though, smacking a single through the hole into right field. The lefty is expected back in the lineup by Friday, as his hamstring issue is not considered to be serious.

Up Next For the Mets

The Mets have an off-day tomorrow, but are back on the diamond at Miller Park in Milwaukee to take on the Brew-crew on Friday.

Matt Harvey is slated to make his first start following his three-game suspension last weekend that day, with Matt Garza on track to face the Dark Knight.

Chris recently graduated with a Journalism degree from Montclair State University. Baseball is his love and he hopes to bring back some of the old-school popularity to the game. Chris Thompson covers the NY Jets and NY Mets for Elite Sports NY. You can interact with him on Twitter @Time2Topher.