Well, the wins may be few, the team might stink, the management inept and the ownership dysfunctional, but three things the Mats have going for them right now: Jacob deGrom, Brandon Nimmo and walk-off wins. All three were on full display tonight.
deGrom was his usual stellar self, and as usual, came away with nothing to show for it. He piched eight full innings, allowing five hits, striking out seven and walking one. His opposite number, Vince Velasquez was nearly as good, allowing a bare two hits over six innings. Until this game, the Phillies’ bullpen had been on something of a hot streak, posting an ERA a little over 1.00 over the last seven games. The Mets’ bullpen has been, of course…the Mets’ bullpen. Tonight, it was different. Philadelphia blew through Pat Neshek, Victor Arano, Adam Morgan, Seranthony Dominguez and finally, Mark Leiter, Jr. in the tenth. For their part, the Mets got perfect work from Jeurys Familia and Robert Gsellman in support of deGrom.
After Gsellman dispatched of the Phillies in that tenth inning, Devin Mesoraco led off with a bullet, but right at left fielder Rhys Hoskins. Newly called up old friend Matt denDekker grounded out to second. Amed Rosario legged out a double to left center to rev up the energy, but whatever Mets fans were left were crestfallen upon realizing the next batter was Jose Reyes. To everyone’s surprise, Reyes was able to work out a walk. That brought up Nimmo, pinch hitting for Gsellman. He blasted a bomb into the batters’ eye in right center for the ballgame. It was Nimmo’s 13th homer of the year.
Somehow, the Mets split a series from the first place Phils, and have now matched their win total for the entire month of June.
Washington comes in tomorrow. Max Scherzer faces Steven Matz.