In a game that got extended by both managers making a bevy of tactical moves over the course of the game, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets 5-2.
Before the bullpen crew came in and wrecked the game for the Mets, it seemed like starting pitcher Steven Matz would be the headline of any recap. Matz had a game to remember for a multitude of reasons. In the first inning, he seemed as if he was destined to have one of his classic blow-up games after giving up three walks in the first inning. He eventually worked his way around it and had himself a night.
The excitement for Matz began when he came to the plate in the third inning and drilled a home run off of Aaron Nola, making him the first Met since Ron Darling to hit home runs in back-to-back starts. The heroics would only continue, as in the bottom of the fifth, he nabbed a line drive, behind his back in an athletic display. After that, he tossed the ball over to first to finish off an easy double play. The final stat line for Matz was two hits, five walks, no earned runs, one bomb, and one sick play in the field. My Gut Reaction is that Matz was fun to watch tonight, a feeling that has rarely been felt about his starts since he first came up. Hopefully, there will be even more of these starts moving forward.
The combination of Jerry Blevins, who did not record an out, and Drew Smith, who recorded one out, were responsible for the five runs that the Phillies scored this evening. The big blow came off of Smith, who allowed a three run bomb to Jorge Alfaro in the sixth inning.
The Mets will be back in action for the rubber game of the series tomorrow night at the odd start time of 6:05. Noah Syndergaard will look to pitch the Mets to victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park against Zach Eflin.