Mark Canha caught looking in Mets pitch clock violation

MILWAUKEE — Mark Canha got caught looking at the scoreboard and lost track of time.

In maybe the strangest of the Mets’ four pitch-clock violations Monday, Canha was called out on strikes in the ninth inning by plate umpire Alan Porter because he was unsure what pitch he had just seen and was awaiting the scoreboard readout.

“It never came up and I was just sitting there waiting,” Canha said after the Mets’ 10-0 loss to the Brewers at American Family Field. “Then something like, ‘Go Brewers’ went up on the scoreboard so I figured I wasn’t getting the velocity.

“I stepped in the box and there were six seconds left by the time I stepped in the box.”

Under the new rules, a batter must be in the box and ready to hit with eight seconds remaining on the pitch clock.

Canha wasn’t the only Mets hitter to receive a strike for a pitch-clock violation on this day — Omar Narvaez was also penalized.

Mark Canha runs to first base against the Marlins during the second inning at loanDepot Park.
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Carlos Carrasco was hit with the Mets’ other two violations, including one before his first pitch of the game to Christian Yelich.

The other came in the third inning with Willy Adames at the plate.

“It’s getting crazy,” Carrasco said. “This was the first time for [me] and I am going to learn from there.”

Luis Guillorme’s scoreless eighth inning in his third career pitching appearance was among the Mets’ few highlights. Guillorme threw 12 pitches, all fastballs, and topped out at 77.7 mph.

“He’s good — I knew he was going to get out of there unscathed,” Canha said. “Good stuff, plus command.”

Tim Locastro got plunked with a pitch in his lone plate appearance. A day earlier, Locastro was twice hit by a pitch against the Marlins.

In spring training Locastro was hit by six pitches.

“We have asked why, because he is not on the plate,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I’d love to know that dynamic of why certain guys [get hit]. Some of them you can see it. It’s strange. It’s the sixth tool.”

The Brewers’ 10-run win was their largest in a home opener in franchise history.