Just a day after David Peterson assembled his finest start of the season in the Mets’ series ending walk-off win over the Angels, right-hander Tylor Megill did the same with a dominant trip of his own.
While the bullpen wound up ruining the effort in the late-innings in a discouraging 4-3 loss, Megill’s efficiency was exceptionally motivating.
He had his strikeout pitch working early, putting away 4 batters the very first time through the order. That was the style for him on the night, as he wound up taping a series-high 8 punch-outs.
Megill travelled through the very first 5 innings restricting traffic on the bases, however he lastly encountered some problem versus the top of the order in the 6th. A Marcus Semien leadoff double followed by a Corey Seager infield single established 2 on with no one out.
The huge righty rolled a double-play ball to get two-thirds of the escape of the inning, however a Adolis Garcia double brought house Texas’ very first run of the video game. He rebounded to get Robbie Grossman swinging to end both the inning and his start on a high note.
Megill enabled simply the one work on 5 hits while strolling simply one and starting out 8 throughout 6 innings. It was his finest trip of the year, which left supervisor Buck Showalter pleased.
“Really good outing from Tylor,” the skipper stated postgame. “Really impressive, that’s a really good hitting team. We know they’re trying to operate on all cylinders with where they’re in the season.
“To be able to do that, that was really good to see, I wish we could’ve rewarded him with the win that he deserved.”
It certainly was good to see from Megill, who found himself in Triple-A not too long ago, and has had a rough season to this point. The right-hander now has a 5.29 ERA on the year but he seems to be trending in the right direction.
Megill is hoping to be able to build off the boost he received from this performance moving forward.
“The process was hard and difficult in the beginning,” Megill stated. “But I feel like for the most part it’s been a lot of positives leading up to this coming back. Over the past three of four starts I’ve had a couple of good ones.
“I feel like all of my stuff was on tonight and I could throw just about any of my pitches in any count,” he included. “When you go against a lineup like that, it gives a lot of confidence to go out against the best hitters and have those results.”
Megill will aim to develop off this strong start when he deals with another difficult job this weekend in the red-hot Seattle Mariners.