Mets cut Paul Sewald wins for M’s on Citi Field return

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NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Sewald has been waiting for this moment since the New York Mets cut him after the 2020 season.

“They gave up on me, so it was pretty good to get a little revenge today,” the Seattle reliever said.

Sewald relieved Marco Gonzalez with runners at second and third and retired Starling Marte to escape a seventh-inning jam and keep the score tied. Ty France followed with a single go-ahead in the eighth, Sewald had three straight outs in the bottom half and the Mariners beat New York 2-1 Friday night in their opener at Citi Field.


“The Mariners version of Paul Seward is very different from the Mets version of Paul Sewald,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said.

Sewald (2-1) was drafted by the Mets in 2012 and pitched in New York from 2017-2020, going 1-14 with a 5.50 ERA in 125 relief appearances. Before the game, he spoke with former teammates and stadium staff.

“The fans weren’t a huge fan of me when I was here so no need to talk to them.” said Sewald.

He signed with Seattle in January 2021 and went 12-4. He started last season in the minors and reignited his career after being called up in mid-May, posting a 10-3 record with a 3.06 ERA. He has a 3.38 ERA this season, his April cut short by COVID-19.

“A lot of positive and negative emotions when I was here,” he said. “I had moments. Some training decisions weren’t ideal and some situations with ups and downs weren’t ideal.

Seattle has changed the way it throws.

“I don’t throw handguns and pellets. It was not ideal when it was the coach’s decision there,” he said. “The fact that I’m throwing uphill fastballs and fast sliders is different from the pitches I had while I was here and I completely gave up the change.”

Seattle, which won only the fourth time in 16 games, took the lead in the eighth after Drew Smith (0-1) released its first two hitters, pincher Abraham Toro and Adam Frazier.

With the Mets infield moved for France to shoot, he pushed a slider to the outside corner along the right field line. France is 15-of-30 with runners in scoring position this season, the best among skilled hitters and well above its .326 overall average.

“I’m just trying to simplify my approach,” France said. “You don’t have to do a lot. Just put a ball in play.”

Drew Steckenrider pitched the ninth for his second save, giving the Mariners a win in their first game against the Mets since June 2008 at old Shea Stadium.

Mariners players moved to a JBL Partybox 710 with flashing lights in the clubhouse. Rookie Julio Rodríguez brings it on the road and JP Crawford is the DJ.

The Mariners announced an eight-move roster shuffle ahead of the game. Jarred Kelenic – acquired from the Mets in the Robinson Canó trade in 2018 – was demoted and Mike Ford (0 for 2 with a walk and hit by pitch) and Steven Souza Jr. (0 for 4) were inserted for their debuts with the Mariners.

Gonzalez allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and three walks, falling behind Francisco Lindor’s sacrificial fly in the first inning.

The Mets wore black jerseys on a foggy Friday the 13th behind Max Scherzer, who allowed one run and three hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and two walks. Jesse Winker, who had been 0 for 8 against Scherzer, tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the fourth.

After the emotional victory, Sewald was proud that his wife Molly and 9-month-old daughter Chloe were in the stadium.

“She takes advantage of five-star hotels,” he said.

PATIENCE

Jeff McNeil reached a hit on the 14th pitch of his at-bat in the second, beating third baseman Eugenio Suárez’s throw, which was moved to the shortstop hole. It was the Mets’ 56th hit this season.

FIRST

Tomás Nido walked his first of the season in the seventh, in his 54th plate appearance.

retrograde

Seattle offered Kelenic to Triple-A Tacoma with a .140 ERA, three home runs and 10 RBIs in 30 games. Souza’s contract was selected in Tacoma, Ford of San Francisco reported a day after his reacquisition, and RHP Adrian Sampson was claimed waivers from the Chicago Cubs. LHP Danny Young and OF Stuart Fairchild were opted for the Raniers, and Fairchild and RHP Yohan Ramirez were nominated for assignment.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marines: RHP Sergio Romo has been activated from IL 10 days. He had been out since April 11 with inflammation in his right shoulder.

Mets: C James McCann needs surgery for a broken left wrist and will be out for about six weeks. McCann was placed on the 10-day IL and C Patrick Mazeika was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

NEXT

RHP George Kirby (0-0), of suburban Rye, makes his second start for the Mariners on Saturday after allowing four-for-six scoreless hits in his debut against Tampa Bay last weekend. The 24-year-old struck out seven, did not walk and caused 15 swings and misses on 81 pitches. RHP Chris Bassitt (4-2) leaves for the Mets.

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