June 2, 2014: Mets Crush Phillies in Series Finale

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Date: June 2, 2014
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 11
Phillies: 2
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Matt den Dekker, Wilmer Flores
Key play: Den Dekker's defensive plays, Wright’s double, Flores’s double and grand slam

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Monday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a five-game series. The Mets pounded out ten hits (five for extra bases) in an 11-2 win over the Phils.

Phillies’ starter Roberto Hernandez set down the side in order in the top of the first inning. The Mets’ Bartolo Colon pitched a perfect bottom half and Bobby Abreu hit a one-out double in the top of the second. Lucas Duda doubled to drive home Abreu with the first run of the game and advanced to third base after Wilmer Flores’s line out to center fielder Ben Revere. Travis d'Arnaud was walked intentionally and Roberto Hernandez struck out Colon to end the inning. Leading off the bottom half, Ryan Howard hit a fly ball on which center fielder Matt den Dekker reached above the wall to make an outstanding catch. Marlon Byrd drew a walk and Carlos Ruiz followed with a force play grounder to third baseman David Wright. Colon then retired Domonic Brown on a ground ball to shortstop Flores for the inning’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez retired the Mets in order in the top of the third. To begin the bottom half, Reid Brignac singled and moved to second base on Roberto Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt. Revere hit a single on which den Dekker threw to catcher d’Arnaud for an out at home on Brignac. Cesar Hernandez was called out on strikes to end the inning and Roberto Hernandez hurled a perfect top of the fourth. Colon surrendered only a walk to Howard in the bottom half and Roberto Hernandez struck out the side in order in the top of the fifth. Brignac hit a single with one out in the bottom of the inning. Roberto Hernandez went down on strikes and Colon got Revere to hit a force play grounder to Flores that closed out the inning.

Den Dekker singled against Roberto Hernandez to open the top of the sixth. Daniel Murphy followed with a single to send den Dekker to third base. Wright doubled to drive home den Dekker and Murphy, increasing the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Curtis Granderson flied out to left fielder Brown and a walk to Abreu ensued. With reliever Mario Hollands on the mound for the Phils, Duda reached on an error by second baseman Chase Utley to load the bases. Flores hit a double down the right field line to bring home Wright and Abreu for a five-run New York lead. D’Arnaud was walked intentionally to reload the bases. Hollands then fanned both Colon and den Dekker to finish off the inning.

A walk to Cesar Hernandez began the bottom of the sixth. Cesar Hernandez advanced to third base on Utley’s double and came home on Howard’s ground out to Flores. Byrd was retired on a line drive to den Decker. Ruiz grounded out to Flores to end the inning and Hollands yielded just a single to Wright in the top of the seventh. Colon retired all three batters in the bottom half and Philadelphia reliever Cesar Jimenez pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. To open the bottom of the inning, Revere and Cesar Hernandez got consecutive singles against Colon. Mets’ reliever Dana Eveland retired Utley on a fly ball to den Dekker, after which Revere went to third base. Eveland struck out Howard and a wild pitch by New York’s Jeurys Familia brought home Revere with the Phillies’ second run. Familia then got Byrd to fly out to left fielder Chris Young and end the inning.

Young drew a walk against Phils’ reliever Jake Diekman to lead off the top of the ninth. Den Dekker was called out on strikes and Murphy singled to advance Young to third base. Wright walked to load the bases and moved to third on Granderson’s single that scored Young and Murphy. Pinch-hitter Eric Campbell drew a walk against Philadelphia’s Phillippe Aumont to load the bases once again. Duda was struck out and Flores connected for a grand slam to lengthen the Mets’ lead to nine runs. Aumont then retired d’Arnaud on a ground ball to third baseman Brignac for the third out of the inning.

Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres got Ruiz on a pop-up to Flores to start the bottom of the ninth. Brown followed with an infield single. Torres then got Brignac to hit a grounder to Wright for a game-ending double play. The Mets had their fourth victory in the five-game set at Citizens Bank Park.