The Mets had a 6-1 lead against the Phillies in the 6th inning with Zack Wheeler on the mound, but the Phillies rallied for a 7-6 victory today at Citizens Bank Park. Ryan Howard ripped a two-out single against Jenrry Mejia to complete a 2-run bottom of the 9th. Howard’s single scored Marlon Byrd who had driven in Cody Asche with the tying run. The Mets will now try to win the series Monday afternoon.
- The Mets opened the scoring in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by David Wright.
- The Phillies tied the game in the bottom of the first on a Chase Utley solo home run.
- The Mets re-took the lead in the top of the second on a Daniel Murphy sacrifice fly.
- The Mets expanded their lead to 4-1 on a Juan Lagares 2-RBI triple in the 3rd.
- Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud hit back-to-back home runs in the 5th, and the Mets had a seemingly comfortable 6-1 lead.
- The Phillies started to chip away, scoring 2 off of a tiring Zack Wheeler in the bottom of the 6th on a 2-run double by Domonic Brown.
- The bottom of the 7th was a troubling inning. There were 2 outs and no one on base when Wilmer Flores made a wide throw on a Ben Revere ground ball. It was scored a hit, but looked a lot like an error by Flores. That kept the inning going, and 2 runs later scored on a Chase Utley triple off Vic Black. Josh Edgin was available, but Black was left in the face Utley. Edgin came in after the Utley triple and struck out Ryan Howard.
- Edgin struck out the side in the 8th. Mejia took the mound with the Mets leading 6-5 in the 9th. Asche doubled and Byrd singled, and the game was tied in the blink of an eye. Later in the inning, after a Byrd stolen base, the Mets chose to walk Utley on a 3-2 pitch. Howard then stepped to the plate and ended the game.
- Wheeler had a strong outing, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing 3 runs on just 3 hits, while striking out 5.
The walk to Utley in the 9th was sensible, as he’s a better hitter than Howard at this point in their careers. The troubling aspects of this game are the Flores mis-play, and Mejia’s inability to close the game. If the Mets are truly evaluating Flores, he needs to continue to play despite his mis-step today. As for Mejia, whether it’s his calf, or if he’s simply tired, he has not looked like the same pitcher lately. The Mets will have to watch this closely.
Monday afternoon, Jonathon Niese will try to give the Mets 3 of 4 in this wrap-around series with the Phillies.