August 31, 2014: Recker and Herrera Lead Mets Past Phils

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Date: August 31, 2014
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 6
Phillies: 5
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Anthony Recker, Wilmer Flores, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Dilson Herrera
Key play: Recker’s home run, Herrera’s single, Mets’ double plays

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Anthony Recker hit a three-run homer and Dilson Herrera got his first major league RBI to lead the Mets to a 6-5 win over Philadelphia.

Dillon Gee and the Phils’ A. J. Burnett each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Jimmy Rollins hit a single to lead off the top of the fourth. Rollins advanced to second base on Chase Utley’s ground out to second baseman Herrera and came around to score on a double by Ryan Howard. Grady Sizemore drew a walk and Domonic Brown singled to load the bases. Gee got Wil Nieves to hit a ground ball to shortstop Wilmer Flores for an inning-ending double play. Burnett then yielded just a single to Flores in the bottom half.

Gee shut down the Phillies in the top of the fifth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Juan Lagares singled and stole second base. Matt den Dekker hit a double to drive home Lagares and scored on a single by David Wright for a 2-1 Mets lead. Lucas Duda lined out to center fielder Ben Revere to finish off the inning and Howard hit a game-tying homer with one out in the top of the sixth. Sizemore drew a walk and moved to third on a single by Brown. Gee then struck out Nieves and retired Cody Asche on a fly ball to center fielder Lagares that closed out the inning.

Flores got a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded out to second baseman Utley and a walk to Herrera ensued. Recker came to bat and slugged a home run to give the Mets a 5-2 lead. Burnett fanned Gee and Lagares for the inning’s final outs and pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis walked against Gee to open the top of the seventh. Revere followed with a single against Mets’ reliever Dana Eveland. Rollins singled to bring home Galvis with the Phils’ third run of the game. Eveland retired Utley on a pop-up to Flores and struck out both Howard and Sizemore to end the inning. Philadelphia’s Anthony Bastardo then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Brown homered against Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia to begin the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Marlon Byrd went down on strikes and Asche grounded out to Herrera. Pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz drew a walk and Familia got Revere to hit an inning-ending force play grounder to Flores. Nieuwenhuis hit a one-out double against Philadelphia’s Justin De Fratus in the bottom half. Kirk stole third base and came home on Herrera’s single for a 6-4 New York lead. Recker was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Sizemore. Pinch-hitter Eric Campbell then grounded back to De Fratus to finish off the inning.

Rollins singled against Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia to open the top of the ninth. Utley got hit by a pitch and Howard grounded to Herrera (positioned on the outfield grass via a shift) for a double play. Sizemore hit a single to plate Rollins with the Phillies’ fifth run. Mejia then retired Brown on a ground ball to Flores for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.