The Mets and Phillies met in a night-cap that saw the two starting pitchers battle each other for most of the night. After needing extra innings, the Mets were able to pull out the victory in 11 innings 2-1.
Cole Hamels and Dillon Gee dueled Saturday night. Both were stellar over seven innings, limiting both teams to only one run. The game was then turned over to the bullpens in order to win the ballgame.
The Mets got onto the board first after a RBI ground-out by Wilmer Flores in the 5th inning.
After retiring 13 Phillies in a row, and having two outs in the inning, Dillon Gee let up a solo home run to Carlos Ruiz, tying the game at one.
Both bullpens were superb for the next two innings, forcing the game into extras.
The Mets had a huge opportunity in the 11th. Curtis Granderson led off the inning with a pop-up single, the first Met hit against the Phillies bullpen all night. After Murphy popped out, David Wright lined a single of his own to move Granderson to third.
Eric Campbell came up with a chance to put the Mets in front, and ended up drawing a walk to load the bases. Lucas Duda came up and he wasted little time, swinging at the first pitch and launching it into right field for an RBI single, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.
With Jenrry Mejia dealing with a sore calf, the Mets called on Jeurys Familia to get his third career big league save. After getting the first two outs in the 11th, Familia ran into some trouble allowing the tying and winning run to reach base, but Familia was able to get the third out and save the ball game.
Dillon Gee’s final line was 7 innings, one run on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Gee had a nice start against a Phillies team that he has struggled against in the past. He lowered his ERA to 3.54 on the season.
Tonight was a rough night for Wilmer Flores in the field. He struggled to get to a ball in the hole and had trouble with two double plays. But this is why he should play everyday. The Mets need to get an accurate read at both the good and the bad of Flores and the only way to do that is by giving Flores playing time.
While everyone likes to talk about Jeurys Familia and Jerry Mejia, Vic Black has found a good spot for himself in the bullpen and has done well in that role.
This may not happen, but the Mets should probably DFA Dana Eveland. He pitched well tonight, but has struggled in the past and seems to be one of the weaknesses out their in the bullpen.
Lucas Duda’s aggression struck again tonight. He seems to change the way he hits in RBI situations, swinging more at first pitch strikes and not looking to hit the home run but just to put the ball in play. It has been very successful and tonight was no different.
Player of the Game
While Duda had the hit to give the Mets the lead in the 11th, player of the game honors go to Dillon Gee. Gee pitched very well against a team who has had his number in the past and he looked like the Dillon Gee of old.
The Mets and Phillies continue their four game series tomorrow, with Zack Wheeler going for the Mets against Kyle Kendrick for the Phillies.