The Mets were relentless and Bartolo Colon was nearly flawless. That’s as good a combination as you could ask for.
It started right away as Colon retired the Phillies in order in the first inning on five pitches. Meanwhile, Phillies’ starter Adam Morgan’s fourth and fifth pitches were deposited over the left field wall. Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera got the Mets out front early, with back-to-back first inning homers. Colon kept up his end of the bargain, allowing only a second inning walk to Ryan Howard through four-plus. His only spot of real trouble came in the fifth, when, with one out, Odubal Herrera hit a double, and after a strikeout of Freddy Galvis, Peter Bourjos was intentionally walked. Morgan then sliced a double to left as Herrera scored. Colon got Cesar Hernandez to fly to center to end the threat. In the bottom half of the inning, though, the Mets basically put this game to bed.
Colon led off with a double. Yes, you read that right. Colon doubled. Reyes followed with a double of his own on which the molasses-like Colon could not score. Cabrera hit a grounder to third, holding everyone in place. Yoenis Cespedes grounded out to second, holding everyone in place. You could forgive the Met fan who started moaning: we’ve seen this movie too many times before. But then, Neil Walker worked a nine-pitch walk. That brought up Wilmer Flores, who hit the first pitch he saw into the left-field seats for a grand slam and a 6-1 Mets lead. After Colon dispatched the Phillies in the sixth, the Mets added three more on an Alejandro De Aza walk, a Travis d’Arnaud double, a Bartolo Colon single — yes, you read that right — a Jose Reyes fly out-play at the plate double play and another Asdrubal Cabrera home run. So Bartolo Colon had two runs scored, a first time in 14-years occurrence. In the eighth, Colon finally gave out, surrendering a couple of singles, a couple of doubles and three runs. Manager Terry Collins waved in Hansel Robles, who immediately shut down the threat.
Sean Gilmartin came in to start the ninth and found himself in a first-and-second-nobody-out jam. Collins didn’t need to see anymore, calling on Jeurys Familia to put an end to the nonsense. A strikeout, a force play and a soft come-backer did just that.
As of this writing, the Cardinal are winning, the Marlins are losing, so it’s possible the Mets will gain ground on somebody.
Noah Syndergaard vs. Jeremy Hellickson tomorrow.