d'Arnaud stresses Mets' resilience after 3-hit game
Catcher ends slump by leading attempted rally, catching basestealer
By Troy Provost-Heron
NEW YORK -- It was a four-game stretch that Travis d'Arnaud would rather forget. From Aug. 6-10, the catcher went 1-for-15 at the plate, and in the final two games of that span, the D-backs stole a combined nine bases with him behind the dish. In every aspect, things were going wrong.
On Friday, though, d'Arnaud turned things around, tying a career high with three hits while also registering a caught stealing in the Mets' 8-6 loss to the Padres.
"Yeah [it was nice to put together a good performance], but it would have been better if we won, though," d'Arnaud said. "It would have been a lot better."
d'Arnaud entered play Friday having thrown out just 19 percent of all attempted basestealers -- well below the league average of 28 percent -- but with two away in the second inning, Padres outfielder Wil Myers tried to swipe his 22nd bag of the season to move into scoring position with Yangervis Solarte at the plate.
According to Statcast™, the 27-year-old popped out of the crouch in two seconds, and after a quick exchange of 0.43 seconds, he fired an 81.7-mph strike to shortstop Matt Reynolds, who applied the tag to put an end to the frame.
In the next half inning, d'Arnaud followed up a leadoff single from James Loney by taking a 92-mph two-seam fastball from Padres starter Paul Clemens and driving it over the wall in left field to trim San Diego's lead to 5-2.
d'Arnaud added a single in the fourth and another single in the sixth to wrap up the 11th three-hit game of his career. Yet it wasn't enough to get the Mets back in the win column, as they lost for the 12th time in the last 16 games and fell below .500 for the first time since April 17.
"These things happen in baseball, where you go through some skids," d'Arnaud said. "We all believe in each other and we believe we are going to come out of this thing on top. We're never going to give up, like we showed today, and that's where all our thought processes are at right now."
Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.