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It happened again, 10 years later. The Mets suffered another walkoff loss after a muffed popup.Dominic Smith joined Luis Castillo in the franchise’s Hall of Shame on Friday by allowing a routine ball to drop and a runner to score from first base with two outs. The Giants’ Alex Dickerson did the hustling this time, sliding home with the only run in a 1-0, 10-inning San Francisco victory. MORE: Watch live MLB games all season long on fuboTV (7-day free trial) Castillo is still an internet meme after dropping Alex Rodriguez’s popup to shallow right field at Yankee Stadium on June 12, 2009. Mark Teixeira, running all the way, followed Derek Jeter home and scored the winning run in a 9-8 Yankees victory.Smith committed his gaffe while charging in from left field on a ball hit by Pablo Sandoval. The converted first baseman pulled up as he saw Mets shortstop Amed Rosario approaching, and the ball fell in. Smith relayed the ball to third baseman Todd Frazier, who fired to the plate, only to see that Mets catcher Wilson Ramos was on the opposite side of the dish and not ready to receive the throw.MORE: Smith says he doesn’t want to be tradedSmith and Rosario had a similar mixup last season, also against the Giants, with similar results: The ball fell and the Mets lost in extras. That game was at Citi Field, however, so the Mets had a chance to rally. Smith said he was having flashbacks to that play on Friday.Here’s Dominic Smith on the final play of tonight’s game. He said last year’s collision with Amed Rosario on a similar ball was on his mind. pic.twitter.com/YO7Qm9gg46— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 20, 2019If you want to choose which error was worse, here are the videos: Castillo and then Smith. The good news (maybe) for Mets fans is that the team won the next day in 2009 and Castillo had two hits against the Yankees. We’ll see how Smith and the Mets respond Saturday in San Francisco.