Both the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets were coming off sweeps, the Phils having won a two game set over the Chicago White Sox, while the Mets lost three to the Atlanta Braves. LHP Adam Morgan (2-10, 5.57) looked to help the Phillies be the spoilers as the Mets were in a three way tie for the two WC spots. The Metropolitans countered with Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.35).
In a see-saw battle that featured four lead changes and two ties, until ultimately the fifth lead change in the bottom of the 11th inning, gave the Mets a 9-8 Win over the Philies.
The scoring started on a Curtis Granderson (29) rainbow to RF that made it 2-0 Mets in the 2nd.
2 innings later the Phils would tie it up, on a productive GO by Roman Quinn, which easily scored Cesar Hernandez, who had smacked his 11th triple of the year, down the RF line.
In the 5th, Ryan Howard (23) and Cameron Rupp (16) led off the inning with b2b HRs, both no doubt shots – Ryan’s more prodigious to deep straightaway CF, to make it 3-2 Phillies. Lugo’s night was done after that, 5In, 4H, 3R, all earned, 2BB, 4K, 2 HR, 2.61 ERA, 87 pitches – 54 for strikes.
No SDI for Morgan though, as the Mets score one 2 out run, which started by Adam’s walking an 0-12 PH with one out, then two, 2 out singles, to tie the game at 3. He also would be finished after 5In, 5H, 3R, all earned, 2 BB, 8K, 1HR, 5.57 ERA, 98 pitches – 60 for strikes, so neither starter would figure in this decision.
In the 7th RHP reliever Michael Mariot, gave up the tie breaking run on a walk, a single, and then an RBI double by Yoenis Cespedes, all with two outs. Frank Herrmann came in to clean up the mess and leave the sore at 4-3 in favor of the New York Baseball Mets.
The Phightin’s though answered right back in the 8th. The inning started with a bunt single by Hernandez. A sac bunt followed by another IF single by Odubel Herrera, set the stage for a 3 run 💣 to RCF by Maikel Franco (23) to give the Phils a 6-4 lead.
One of the revelations of the late season, Joely Rodriguez, hurled a 1-2-3 8th, with a mix of mid 90’s FB with movement and mid 80’s sliders, keeping hitters off balance. He almost started the 9th but a game of cat and mouse by the managers saw Pete Mackanin put Jeanmar Gomez right back on the horse, but he fell right off again, giving up a lead-off single, and then a game tying HR by probably my least favorite MLB player Jose Reyes (8). Hector Neris came on to send this game into extra innings.
Freddy Galvis led off the 11th with a double to the gap – his first hit of the game. Two outs later after an IBB of Hernandez, A. J. ELlis dumped an RBI single just in front of the RF, to put the Phillies up 7-6. Franco walked in another run with bases loaded, 2 outs, ending the 11th up by two once again.
But it would still not be enough as the second BS of the night, this one by Edubray Ramos on a 3 run HR by Asdrubal Cabrerra (22) walked off everybody home.
Ramos BS also earned him an L (1-3, 3.83), and Jim Henderson got the W (2-2, 4.50), in a 4:23 marathon in front of 35K+ “Let’s Go Mets” happy fans.
Numerically Speaking: Phils hit B2B HRs for the seventh time this season. Ryan’s HR to start the b2b put him at #70 All Time with 380, one behind Albert Belle and surpassing Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez. Hernandez extended his streaks to 9 hitting and 27 OB. He was on base five times in the game including his 13th bunt hit of the season. On the rubber, Phillies starters continued their excellent run to 19 games straight, giving up 3 runs or less – their longest since 1986 – while leading MLB with 2.50 ERA. Hard to believe, Harry. Morgan struck out 8, tying his career high for the third time this season. The staff as a whole got 16 K’s on the night. On the Negadelphian side, Gomez now has a 11.20 ERA (17 ER in 13.2 In) in last 17 outings. Mets used 10 pitchers in 11 innings. Overall 49 players were used. Can MLB do anything to stop the #JimRigglemanesque Madness of all these pitchers in September?
Next Ups: Tomorrow night’s 7:10 start features RHP Jeremy Hellickson (12-9, 3.57) vs Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 9.00) the latest in a long line of Mets pitchers thrust into starting role by injuries. Our Ali Van Norden will take you the rest of the way for the w/e wrap up of the series on Sunday. My next up will be Temple Football hosting UNC Charlotte on Saturday from the Linc press box. Check out my preview tomorrow night. I will be back here for at least one of the Braves games next week for my last Phillies recap.