The Mets turned to Matt Harvey to continue New York’s recent good fortune, as they continue their trek back to .500. Who better to do it against than the Phillies? A team they have struggled against over the years, New York was entering the tonight’s ballgame 9-4 against the Fightin’ Phils this season, while winning six of seven on the road, and it only got better from there.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
New York continued to make some noise at the plate at Citizens Bank Park, as they answered in the top of the second after the Phillies took a quick lead in the first. Scott Hairston hit his 23rd double of the season to lead things off, and Mike Baxter also got aboard by way of the hit by pitch. Matt Harvey continued to show he can swing the bat, as he drove in a run with an RBI single. Once Philly re-took the lead, the Amazins were back at it in the top of the third; Ike Davis singled in front of Lucas Duda, who hit his 13th home run on the season, his second since being recalled to the Majors last week. Despite going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and the top three hitters in the batting order (Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy, and David Wright) going 1-for-15 tonight, the Mets were still able to get the victory.
Phillies Offensive Highlights:
Every time the Phillies took the lead tonight, they didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy it for long, as the Mets immediately come back to score a run in the following inning. In the bottom of the first, Juan Pierre singled and moved to third following a Chase Utley single. Ryan Howard made it worthwhile, as he hit a sacrifice fly to left field to plate the first run of the ballgame. In the bottom of the second, Kyle Frandsen singled with one out, and Tyler Cloyd walked in front of Jimmy Rollins, who drove Frandsen in with a double. They went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position, while stranding 6 base runners.
Due to a stomach bug, Cole Hamels wasn’t able to pitch his scheduled start tonight, so the Phillies called up Cloyd from Triple-A to get the start, and he was solid. Cloy threw 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 5. Jeremy Horst, Phillippe Aumont, and Josh Lindbloom all provided scoreless relief in their appearances, while Anthony Bastardo gave up a hit to the only hitter he faced.
Matt Harvey continued to impress; after giving up early runs, the rookie was able to settle in for 6.1 strong innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6 in getting his third victory of the season. Josh Edgin, Robert Carson, and Jon Rauch were all effective as they built the bridge to Frank Francisco, who dominated the Philadelphia hitters in his 1-2-3 inning, getting his 22nd save of the season.
The win is the fourth in a row for the Mets, as they’re enjoying their second straight series win, and their seventh win in eight tries against the Phillies on the road. At 61-69, they are now tied with Philly for third place in the NL East.
Probable Pitchers Thursday: