Mets pitcher Jake Diekman throws water cooler in dugout collapse after disappointing outing


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An unfortunate water cooler at the shelter drew the ire of New York Mets Pitcher Jake Diekman during Tuesday night's loss to the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians.

Tensions reached a boiling point for Diekman, 37, after allowing a home run in his second straight appearance, this time during a 7-6 loss to the Guardians and the Mets' second consecutive loss in the series.

Jake Diekman of the New York Mets pitches against the Marlins at LoanDepot Park on May 18, 2024 in Miami, Florida. (Rich Story/Getty Images)

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David Fry hit a two-run homer off Diekman during his only appearance in the sixth inning. He struck out the next two batters, but was retired after walking a batter.

Walking in the dugout toward the clubhouse, a visibly frustrated Diekman threw a water cooler before leaving.

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The brief collapse certainly reflects the Mets' recent struggles. They have lost eight of 11 and fell to six games under .500, the worst of the season.

Jake Diekman on the mound

Jake Diekman of the New York Mets on the mound against the Marlins at CreditDepot Park on May 18, 2024 in Miami, Florida. (Rich Story/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the Guardians look to stay hot with a win against the Mets on Wednesday afternoon. Tuesday's victory matched the team's longest winning streak of the season at five games.

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Cleveland is 32-17 overall and 17-6 at home, while the Mets are 21-27 overall and 11-13 on the road.

José Ramírez hits a home run

The Guardians' José Ramírez watches his home run during the fifth inning, Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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