The Mets rose from the dead tonight to defeat the Phillies in dramatic fashion 3-1 on the road. Down 1-0 in the ninth inning, the Mets seemed destined to get blanked again and waste a good pitching performance by Steven Matz and the bullpen, until Michael Conforto stepped to the plate.
With the count 1-2 against closer Hector Neris, Conforto got all of a fat fastball, launching it over the right field wall and into the AT&T sign for a two-run home run to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. New Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco followed with a home run of his own, his first in orange and blue, to pad the lead. But Jeurys Familia didn’t need the insurance, as he set down the Phillies in order to close out the game for his 11th save.
Steven Matz allowed just one run but only lasted five innings as problems controlling his curveball and a stingy home plate umpire led to four walks and a high pitch count. A first inning home run by Odubel Herrera was the only real damage against Matz, but it could have been worse. Thanks to a misplayed double play opportunity by Amed Rosario, Matz had to effectively get four outs in the fifth the escape a bases loaded jam. Seth Lugo, Paul Sewald, AJ Ramos and Familia each contributed a scoreless inning in relief.
The Mets couldn’t muster much of anything against Jake Arrieta who held them scoreless for 7.1 innings despite having no feel for his own curveball. The ace righty, who was very much available in the off-season, now sports a 2.59 ERA. He may not throw as hard as he used to, but he’s a five-pitch pitcher who can still stymie an offense. The Mets waited him out and did their damage against their struggling closer instead.
Conforto also delivered a single, a walk and a hard hit out to deep center field. Hopefully, this is a sign of him breaking out of his rut, but this offense could really use him. Asdrubal Cabrera also contributed two hits and a walk to the victory.