April 15, 2015: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Phils
|Date: April 15, 2015|
|Mets starter: Jonathon Niese|
|Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese|
|Key player(s): Jonathon Niese, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud|
|Key play: Duda's and d'Arnaud's home runs, Niese's single|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 6-1 win over Philadelphia.
Odubel Herrera tripled against Mets' starter Jonathon Niese to lead off the top of the first inning. Cesar Hernandez went down on strikes and Chase Utley grounded out to second baseman Daniel Murphy to drive home Herrera. Jeff Francoeur flied out to right fielder Curtis Granderson to end the inning. The Phils' Jerome Williams then gave up only a single to Travis d'Arnaud in the bottom half.
Niese pitched a scoreless top of the second. Eric Campbell hit a single with one out in the bottom of the inning. Campbell moved to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Juan Lagares's single to tie the game at 1-1. Ruben Tejada singled and Niese laid down on bunt on which catcher Cameron Rupp threw to third baseman Cody Asche for an out on Lagares. Williams then got Granderson to line out to center fielder Herrera and finish off the inning.
Niese set down the side in order in the top of the third. D'Arnaud slugged a home run to begin the bottom half. Williams retired the next three Mets batters to end the inning and Niese shut down the Phils in the top of the fourth. Lagares got a one-out single in the bottom half. Juan advanced to second base on Tejada's ground out to Asche and came home on Niese's single for a 3-1 New York lead. Granderson singled and d'Arnaud hit a force play grounder to Asche for the inning's final out.
The Phillies failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the fifth. Lucas Duda hammered a leadoff home run in the bottom half. Michael Cuddyer doubled and went to third base on Murphy's ground out to second baseman Utley. Campbell hit a ground ball on which Asche made an errant throw that allowed Cuddyer to score and increase the Mets' lead to 5-1. On the play, Campbell advanced to second. Lagares flied out to right fielder Francoeur and an intentional walk to Tejada ensued. Williams then retired Niese on a grounder to first baseman Darin Ruf to close out the inning.
Niese hurled a scoreless top of the sixth. D'Arnaud drew a walk against Philadelphia reliever Justin DeFratus with one out in the bottom half. Duda hit a double to bring home d'Arnaud with the Mets' sixth run of the game. Cuddyer flied out to Herrera and an intentional walk to Murphy followed. DeFratus then got Campbell on a ground ball to shortstop Hernandez that ended the inning.
Herrera doubled against Niese to open the top of the seventh. Hernandez got an infield single and Utley was struck out. Mets' reliever Carlos Torres got Francoeur to hit a grounder to shortstop Tejada for an inning-ending double play and the Phils' Dustin McGowan pitched a scoreless bottom half. Ruf and Asche drew back-to-back walks against New York's Alex Torres to begin the top of the eighth. Rupp was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Duda. Alex Torres retired Ben Revere and Grady Sizemore on consecutive infield grounders for the final outs of the inning. McGowan then surrendered only a walk to Cuddyer in the bottom half.
Herrera grounded out to Duda to lead off the top of the ninth. Hernandez was called out on strikes. Alex Torres then retired Utley on a ground ball to Tejada to end the game. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the series.