August 24, 2015: Mets Set Records, Overcome Phillies
|Date: August 24, 2015|
|Mets starter: Jacob deGrom|
|Winning pitcher: Sean Gilmartin|
|Key player(s): Wilmer Flores, Travis d'Arnaud, David Wright, Daniel Murphy|
|Key play: Mets' home runs, d'Arnaud's double|
The Mets faced the Phillies on a Monday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a series at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets set team records with eight home runs and fifteen extra-base hits in a 16-7 comeback win over the Phils.
Phillies' starter Adam Morgan pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Cesar Hernandez drew a walk against the Mets' Jacob deGrom to lead off the bottom half. Freddy Galvis hit a single and Odubel Herrera lined out to shortstop Ruben Tejada. Ryan Howard connected for a home run and a 3-0 Philadelphia lead. Andres Blanco went down on strikes and Cody Asche doubled. DeGrom then threw a called third strike past Domonic Brown to end the inning.
In his first at bat after an injury that left him sidelined for over four months, David Wright homered to lead off the top of the second. Wilmer Flores was struck out and Travis d'Arnaud lined out to center fielder Herrera. Michael Cuddyer hit a ground rule double and Tejada fouled out to first baseman Howard to finish off the inning. To begin the bottom half, Cameron Rupp hit a home run for a 4-1 Phils lead. Morgan was retired on a ground ball to Tejada. Hernandez went down on strikes and Galvis singled. Herrera followed with a single on which Galvis was out via a throw by right fielder Cuddyer to third baseman Wright to end the inning.
Juan Lagares slugged a solo homer with one out in the top of the third. Daniel Murphy grounded out to second baseman Hernandez and a strikeout of Yoenis Cespedes finished off the inning. Howard singled against deGrom to begin the bottom half. Blanco reached on first baseman Murphy's error and Asche lined out to Tejada. Brown hit a three-run homer to increase the Philadelphia lead to 7-2. Rupp drew a walk and Morgan fouled out to catcher d'Arnaud. A wild pitch moved Rupp to second base and Hernandez drew a walk. Mets' reliever Sean Gilmartin then got Galvis on a force play ground ball to Tejada for the inning's final out.
Wright got a leadoff single against Morgan in the top of the fourth. Wilmer Flores clouted a two-run homer and an ensuing homer by d'Arnaud reduced the Phillies' lead to 7-5. Cuddyer doubled and Tejada grounded out to third baseman Blanco. Morgan and Philadelphia reliever Hector Neris recorded strikeouts of Gilmartin and Lagares, respectively, to end the inning. Gilmartin then yielded just a single to Blanco in the bottom half.
Murphy doubled to open the top of the fifth. Cespedes was hit by a pitch and Wright was called out on strikes. Flores followed with a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 8-7. D'Arnaud grounded out to shortstop Galvis and a solo homer by Cuddyer increased the New York lead to two runs. Neris fanned Tejada for the inning's third out and Brown singled to begin the bottom half. Rupp reached on Wright's error and pinch-hitter Darin Ruf was struck out. Gilmartin then got Hernandez to hit a grounder to second baseman Flores for an inning-ending double play.
Gilmartin got a single against Phils' reliever Justin DeFratus to open the top of the sixth. Lagares lined out to Herrera and a two-run homer by Murphy followed. Cespedes grounded out to Galvis and a walk to Wright ensued. Flores doubled and came around to score with Wright on a double by d'Arnaud that lengthen the Mets' lead to 13-7. DeFratus retired Cuddyer on line drive to Herrera to close out the inning. The Phillies then failed to score after loading the bases against Gilmartin in the bottom half.
Pinch-hitter Michael Conforto doubled with one out in the top of the seventh. Lagares hit a single to drive home Conforto for a 14-7 Mets lead. Murphy popped out to Blanco and a single by Cespedes followed. DeFratus fanned Wright for the inning's third out and New York reliever Hansel Robles pitched a perfect bottom half. Philadelphia's Adam Loewen hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. The Mets' Eric O'Flaherty then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Murphy got a one-out double in the top of the ninth. Cespedes slugged a two-run homer for the Mets' eighth round-tripper and fifteenth extra-base hit of the game. Loewen got Wright to fly out to right fielder Brown and retired Flores on an inning-ending ground ball to Galvis. Blanco drew a walk against Mets' reliever Carlos Torres to lead off the bottom half. Jeff Francoeur grounded to Tejada for a double play. Torres then retired Brown on a line drive to left fielder Cespedes to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a come-from-behind victory with a record-setting display of hitting.