This one was just like Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins drew it up: power hitting and power arms.
The Mets stroked four home runs — two of them by David Wright, his first home runs and RBIs of the year — in support of another masterful start by Noah Syndergaard. The one they call “Thor” is appearing more and more godlike as the season progresses. Tonight, he pitched seven innings, surrendering five hits, walking two, striking out eight and allowing one earned run. Surprisingly, his main weapon tonight wasn’t the hammer, but the changeup, which made Philly hitters look like they were being manipulated by a screwdriver. The offense was almost gravy. Besides Wright’s bookend homers into the right field seats, Lucas Duda registered his first Duda smash of the season, followed up by a Neil Walker smash three pitches later.
For his part, Phillies righthander Jarad Eickhoff was able to keep pace with Syndergaard most of the night. He struck out nine Mets in his seven innings, but David Lough just missed a diving grab on what became a Duda double for a tie breaking RBI in the sixth, following a Yoenis Cespedes triple with two outs.
All it takes is a visit to Philadelphia to make a plan look good. Logan Verrett faces Vincent Velasquez in game two of this series tomorrow night.