Brandon Nimmo tied the game with a two-run triple in the sixth inning and he belted a leadoff homer in the ninth to put the Mets ahead and they hung on through a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the ninth to escape with a 10-6 win Thursday night in Philadelphia. Nimmo now has a .515 SLG and a .233 ISO. Not too shabby for a guy that never gets counted as one of the Mets’ best players.
Nimmo’s heroics were only possible thanks to some terrific work by the bullpen. While the Phillies threatened mightily in both the eighth and ninth innings, the relievers contributed 7.1 scoreless innings. Justin Wilson was lucky to escape the eighth and he got the win. Edwin Diaz was lucky to escape the ninth and he got the save. Both pitchers were going for the third straight day, which isn’t ideal but in this case it was necessary.
It was necessary because Seth Lugo couldn’t get out of the second inning. Staked to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, Lugo gave up three consecutive homers and a triple and just like that, the Mets were trailing, 4-3. It wasn’t any better in the second inning, which included Bryce Harper’s second homer of the game.
The umpire lost the strike zone at the end of the game, missing calls for both teams. But it probably benefited the Mets more. Pete Alonso got a ball called on what looked like strike three. With the reprieve, he hit a moon shot homer to cut the deficit to two runs at 6-4.
Dominic Smith had three hits on the night, including two more for extra-bases. Of his 50 hits on the year, 27 have gone for extra-bases. Smith scored twice and drove in two runs. Robinson Cano had a two-run single in the first inning and he clocked a two run homer in the bottom of the ninth for the game’s final runs.
As we hoped, the Mets won the starts by Jacob deGrom and Lugo. But those two killed the bullpen, as they combined for just 3.2 IP. Now the Mets face the Braves with Steven Matz making his first start in a month. Friday could be ugly.