Paul Sewald
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New York Mets right-handed reliever Paul Sewald is “disappointed” after contributing to a ninth-inning letdown on Tuesday.

On Tuesday night, the New York Mets entered the bottom of the ninth inning leading the Washington Nationals 10-4. All they had to do was close it out and they would’ve won four of their previous five games.

Each win coming on the road, against division opponents, and against teams ahead of them in the National League Wild Card race. Not to mention, it would’ve sealed a huge series win in D.C.

And then, the Nationals’ bats came alive, along with the Mets’ bullpen blunders. The Nats dropped a seven-spot in the half-inning and stole the game from the Mets 11-10. One of those relievers that contributed to the Mets’ heartbreaking loss was right-hander Paul Sewald, who spoke to the media after the game.

“I felt really good, felt ready. Made some good pitches that they got hits on. Made a couple of bad pitches and they got hits on those too. I’m just disappointed with how it went,” Sewald said.

“I’m going to turn the page, but it obviously hurts tonight,” he said. “It’s disappointing to let down the team…I had a really good opportunity to just close it out and at least look for the sweep [on Wednesday], but now I made it difficult on us. It’s just disappointing to let the guys down a little bit.”

Sewald allowed four hits and four earned runs in that half-inning. He only got through one out before getting pulled for Luis Avilán. The lefty then let up one hit that would eventually score when Edwin Diaz allowed the walk-off three-run homer to Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki.

The Mets and the Nationals will play in the rubber game of the series on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.