Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets
Post Game Recap
Winning Pitcher: Zack Wheeler (6-8, 3.60 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.92 ERA)
The Mets were able to take the three-game series from their division rival in decisive fashion Wednesday afternoon, as they blew the Phillies out of the water 11-2. It was quite for the first four innings, as the teams battled to a scoreless tie before breaking things open in the fifth inning; all 13 runs in the game were scored from the fifth inning on.
The Phillies were able to score a run in the top of the inning as Ryan Howard doubled home Ben Revere. The lead did not last long for the Phillies, as the Mets responded in a big way in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs of their own.
Juan Lagares scored on a wild pitch, then Daniel Murphy launched his eight homer of the season, this one of the three-run variety.
The sixth inning was quite, but things got going again in the seventh inning as the Phillies scored another run on a Jimmy Rollins home run, to make the game 4-2. Once again the Mets responded, putting up a five spot this time around.
The Mets continued hitting, and get some help from the Phillies as well as an error gave the Mets an extra out, and they took advantage. Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada and relief pitcher Jeurys Familia all had RBI singles. Travis d’Arnaud threw his hat into the ring with an RBI double of his own.
The scoring did not stop there, as the Mets continued to pour it on in the eighth inning, courtesy of Duda once again. Duda blasted a two-run home run, his 19th homer of the season. Duda has really come into his own since the Ike Davis trade, giving the Mets a power source they have knowingly lacked for plenty of seasons.
On the afternoon, the Mets were successful when it mattered most, going 5-13 with runners in scoring position. Two of those outs were made by starting pitching Zack Wheeler as well. Every position player registered at least one hit in the game as well, with Murphy, Duda, Lagares and Tejada all having multi-hit games.
Wheeler may not have had much success at the plate, but on the mound he put together yet another strong outing. Wheeler went 6.2 innings, surrendering on those two runs on seven hits and two walks to go along with four strikeouts. This was the sixth consecutive start Wheeler made that he gave up two or less runs in, lowering his ERA to season-low 3.60.
The Mets will not be playing Thursday, but their team could look a little different next time they take the field with the trade deadline being Thursday afternoon. When the Mets do resume play Friday, Jonathan Niese (5-6, 3.23 ERA) will be taking the mound against Ryan Vogelsong (5-8, 4.45 ERA) and the visiting San Francisco Giants.