July 30, 2014: Fifteen Hits Pound Phillies

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Date: July 30, 2014
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 11
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): Zack Wheeler, Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Murphy’s home run, Duda’s single and homer

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets collected fifteen hits in an 11-2 win over Philadelphia.

Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. The Phils’ Kyle Kendrick yielded just a single to Daniel Murphy in the bottom half and Cody Asche singled with one out in the top of the second. Wil Nieves and Andres Blanco got singles to load the bases and Kendrick went down on strikes. Ben Revere was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Juan Lagares, who got a two-out single in the bottom half. Ruben Tejada singled to advance Lagares to third base and Wheeler flied out to center fielder Revere to end the inning. Zack held the Phillies to a single by Grady Sizemore in the top of the third. Kendrick then set down the Mets in order in the bottom half.

Wheeler surrendered only a walk to Blanco in the top of the fourth. Kendrick hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Revere doubled to lead off the top of the fifth. Sizemore flied out to Lagares and a pop-up by Chase Utley was caught by third baseman David Wright. Revere stole third base and came home on Ryan Howard’s double for a 1-0 Philadelphia lead. Wheeler then struck out Marlon Byrd to finish off the inning.

Lagares got a single to begin the bottom of the fifth. Tejada singled and Wheeler’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base. Curtis Granderson drew a walk that loaded the bases and Lagares scored the tying run on a wild pitch. Murphy followed with a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 4-1. Kendrick then got Wright to fly out to right fielder Byrd and retired Lucas Duda on a ground ball to first baseman Howard to close out the inning.

Wheeler set down the Phillies 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Lagares singled with two outs in the bottom half. Juan stole second base and Tejada was given an intentional walk. Kendrick fanned Wheeler for the inning’s final out and pinch-hitter Jimmy Rollins hit a home run to open the top of the seventh. Wheeler got both Revere and Sizemore to fly out to left fielder Chris Young. Utley drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Dana Eveland. With Howard at bat, Utley stole second and went to third on catcher Travis d'Arnaud’s passed ball. Howard was hit by a pitch. New York’s Jeurys Familia then retired Byrd on a grounder to Wright for the third out of the inning.

Granderson hit a ground-rule double against Phils’ reliever Mario Hollands to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Murphy grounded out to third baseman Asche and an intentional walk to Wright ensued. Duda singled to drive home Granderson for a 5-2 Mets lead. Against Philadelphia’s Justin De Fratus, d’Arnaud doubled to plate Wright and send Duda to third base. Young reached on De Fratus’s error to drive home Duda. Lagares was called out on strikes and Tejada hit a single to score d’Arnaud. Familia hit a single that brought home Young and extended the Mets’ lead to 9-2. De Fratus then struck out Granderson to end the inning.

Familia pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Murphy singled against Philadelphia reliever Phillippe Aumont to begin the bottom half. Wright was struck out and Duda slugged a homer for the Mets’ tenth and eleventh runs of the game. D’Arnaud drew a walk and Young singled for the fifteenth New York hit. Lagares was retired on a ground ball to Asche. Aumont then struck out Tejada to finish off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Domonic Brown drew a leadoff walk against Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres to open the top of the ninth. Revere singled and Sizemore grounded to second baseman Murphy for a double play. Reid Brignac walked and Torres retired Howard on a grounder to Murphy for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory to close out the series.