New York Mets offense solid in first series versus Philadelphia Phillies
By Samantha Murray
In a series cut short due to snow, the New York Mets bats came alive just enough to power them past the Philadelphia Phillies.
Game 1- Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The series opened on a rainy Tuesday night at Citi Field. The New York Mets were held to two runs, but they proved to be enough to take the game from the Philadelphia Phillies.
It was a pitchers duel between Matt Harvey and Ben Lively for the first couple of innings, making it feel as if the first team to score was going to win the game.
Both teams were blanked until the sixth inning when the Mets made the first move.
Yoenis Cespedes was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a groundout by Jay Bruce.
With Cespedes standing in second, Todd Frazier came to bat. Frazier doubled to left, scoring Cespedes for the first run of the game.
WIth Frazier standing on second, Adrian Gonzalez grounded out, advancing Frazier to third. Travis d’Arnaud then singled, scoring Frazier for the second, and final run of the game.
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Frazier had another hit in that game, for a total of two on the night. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce each contributed a single, and Matt Harvey doubled to give the Mets a total 7 hits.
That about did it for the offense in game one. The Mets bats beat the Phillies 2-0.
Game 2- Wednesday, April 4, 2018
A game that was only available via Facebook started about an hour and a half late due to rain. Rough times all around, but not for the Mets offense.
Yoenis Cespedes hit his second home run of the season, a monster shot to the upper deck in left field, scoring himself and Brandon Nimmo, who lead off the game with a walk.
The two runs off of Cespedes’ blast were the only runs for the Mets until the sixth inning.
Cabrera walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a throwing error by Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp. Kevin Plawecki then grounded out, advancing Cabrera to third. Wilmer Flores came up in the pitcher’s spot and reached base on a walk.
With Cabrera on third and Flores on first, Amed Rosario banged a triple out to right field, scoring both base runners.
Rosario racked up another hit, along with Bruce and Cabrera. This capped out the Mets at 5 hits in the final game against the Phillies, awarding them a 4-2 victory.
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Hopefully, Wednesday’s game against the Phillies will be the last the Mets will have to play without slugger Michael Conforto, who will likely return for the first game in D.C. on Thursday, way before his original expected return date.