Sometimes, we just can’t have nice things.
Matt Harvey pitched wonderfully for five-and-a-third innings, but had to leave with a tight hamstring after making a putout at first base with the Mets up 10-2. It remains to be seen if he will make his next start on Sunday in Miami. Sigh…
Now, about the offense: you were saying…?
The Mets put on a hitting display, the likes of which have not been seen around here in a very long time. Yoenis Cespedes hit three home runs, Lucas Duda hit two, and Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d’Arnaud hit one apiece. Four Philadelphia pitchers are going to bed brokenhearted.
You could almost see this coming a mile away. Harvey was opposed by Clay Bucholtz, a once-promising right-hander who’s fallen on some severely hard times, both health and performance-wise. Curtis Granderson started off the game with an eight-pitch at bat that resulted in a walk. A long time later — Bucholtz could be called Steve Trachsel Lite for the way he dawdles out there — Cabrera cracked a double to right center. Cespedes then sent a missile to dead center that landed in the bushes past the 409 sign. It was obvious that Bucholtz would not be long for this game. In the second, Harvey led off by striking out. Granderson hit a bloop to center that Odubel Herrera lost in the dusky half-light. Granderson legged out a double. Cabrera singled, moving Granderson to third. Cespedes then hit a popup behind the plate that Cameron Rupp caught, but when he waited too long to call time, Cabrera alertly scooted to second, as if it were a long fly. Hero of the moment Jay Bruce then roped a base hit to right and the Mets had a 5-0 lead. Harvey surrendered a homer to Miakel Franco. That turned out to be of little consequence, because in the top of the third, Jose Reyes hit a most welcome one-out double and was knocked in by a d’Arnaud base hit. In the fourth, Cabrera hit his homer to right center and Cespedes followed with a tracer off the left field foul screen. After the Phils got one back in the bottom half, Cespedes hit his third — a moon shot off the second deck facing in left — with two out in the fifth. Duda hit his first shot into the right field stands in the sixth. d’Arnaud’s followed a Neil Walker double in the eighth. Two walks and a single plated another run that inning. And just for good measure, Duda hit another in the ninth. And in an odd statistical quirk, the Mets had three guys — Cabrera, d’Arnaud and Duda — come up a triple shy of a cycle, the first in club history that ever happened.
So now, we start to worry about Harvey, while going for the sweep with Zack Wheeler on the mound tomorrow night.