As the weather has started to warm in this young baseball season, so have the tempers of the players. In attempt of retaliation for a bat flip that happened last season, Edubray Ramos threw at the head of Asdrubal Cabrera. This resulted in a warning to both benches and the ejection of Phillies manager Pete Mackinnon. The decision to throw at Cabrera would eventually hurt Ramos, as Cabrera subsequently walked. The walk was followed by a Jay Bruce home run, his second of the night.
Bruce again proved his worth on the team by going 2-3 with two home runs and a walk. Cabrera and Curtis Granderson provided the only other hits for the Mets, Cabrera’s being a double. The woes continued for Jose Reyes, who continues to struggle mightily. Reyes, along with Yoenis Cespedes, put up an 0-4 game with two strikeouts.
On the pitching side of the spectrum, Jacob deGrom bounced back for a fine performance after having a rocky first inning. deGrom gave up two earned runs and six hits over six innings. While this was not the dominant pitcher we have all come to know, it shows how good deGrom really is. His ability to pitch well while not having his best stuff proves that he is an elite pitcher in the league, and my gut reaction is that he will continue to have a successful season.
Out of the bullpen, Josh Smoker, Jerry Blevins, and Hansel Robles all combined to put up two scoreless relief innings. While Addison Reed gave up a solo home run and then a single in the ninth, he held on tight to finish the game and complete the save.
Overall, the Mets won a gritty game against the rival Phillies, 4-3. The series continues tomorrow night, when Matt Harvey takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park. It will be interesting to see if tonight’s incident will carryover throughout the series.