Now this was how they drew it up back in February, but this game still had a touch of the reality of the summer.
The Mets rode the power arm of Jacob deGrom and the power bats of Wilmer Flores, Neil Walker, Michael Conforto and Curtis Grasnderson to pound out a convincing win over the Phillies, but that ol’ Met magic struck when deGrom had to leave the game in the seventh. With two outs and a runner on second, Nick Williams hit a line drive that nailed deGrom on the back of his pitching arm. As we’ve become used to doing, we will await the evaluation of the Mets’ vaunted medical personnel before reaching for the arsenic.
The Mets got rolling pretty much right away. In the top of the first with two outs and nobody on, Yoenis Cespedes poked a double off the end of his bat down the right field line off Phillies’ starter Vince Velasquez. Conforto drew a five-pitch walk and Flores deposited a 1-1 pitch into the hedge in centerfield for a quick 3-0 Mets lead. That would be all of Velasquez’s work for the night, as he exited with numbness in his pitching hand. Mark Leiter, Jr. relieved him in the second. Walker led off the third with a tracer into the lower right field seats. deGrom and Leiter both cruised through the sixth. The Mets greeted Leiter’s relief — Jensen Therrien — with another three-spot. deGrom struck out leading off. Granderson beat the shift with a roller through the vacated third base position for a single. Walker then pulled a single to right and Cespedes struck out. Hitting cleanup for the first time this year, Conforto, bonked the third pitch of this at bat off the left field foul pole and the lead jumped to 7-0.
Erik Goeddel came on to relieve after deGrom was struck and got Tommy Joseph swinging, walked the leadoff man in the eighth, but got the double play to escape any hint of trouble. Brandon Nimmo pinch hit for Goeddel leading off the ninth and drew a walk. Granderson then whacked an 0-1 pitch into the right field stands. Walker got a base hit, so did Cespedes and Conforto walked. Flores, looking for a triple for the cycle, struck out. Reyes then hit a chopper to second, but beat out the throw as Walker scored the Mets’ tenth run. Paul Sewald pitched an uneventful bottom of the ninth, striking out two.
It’ll be Seth Lugo vs. Nick Pivetta tomorrow night from Philly, for the major league debut of Dominic Smith.