The Mets overcame a 6-3 deficit – courtesy of a Fernando Salas gopher ball – and a rain delay to squeak out a 7-6 win over the Phillies at Citi Field. This marks seven wins in the last eight games for the surging Mets.
Powered by home runs by Lucas Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, and T.J. Rivera, the Mets needed every run in support of a not so great day by their pitching staff. Zack Wheeler, fresh off the D.L. threw three scoreless frames before giving up two runs and getting pulled in the fourth inning. He lasted just 81 pitches, but there have been no reports of injury…yet. Erik Goeddel finished the inning and went one more, allowing an earned run of his own before giving way to Salas who coughed up the lead and then some on a three-run home run to Tommy Joseph. Things didn’t look good for the Mets as the storm clouds rolled in.
Down 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the Mets refused to lose and the bats came to life for a four-run rally. Rivera hit a solo shot, followed by an RBI single from Wilmer Flores and a two-run home run by Cabrera. Following a rain delay, the Mets bullpen took over and a combination of Paul Sewald and Addison Reed shut it down in the last two innings. Salas, in an odd blip of the scoring rules, gets credited with the win (his ERA now stands at 6.31) while Reed notched his 14th save. The Mets won this game despite Salas, Wheeler’s short start and three fielding errors. A win is a win and the Mets are alive for the moment.
Tomorrow they go for the home sweep with a match up of two guys who are each 1-4 with ERAs well over five – Rafael Montero and Nick Pivetta. Pivetta, a 24-year-old rookie righty from Canada throws hard but is still trying to figure out how to get out Major League hitters. Let’s wish him well but hope he doesn’t figure it out just yet. Let’s go Mets!