June 23, 2013: Extra-Base Hits Pummel Phils

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Date: June 23, 2013
Mets starter: Matt Harvey
Mets: 8
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey
Key player(s): Matt Harvey, David Wright, Marlon Byrd, Juan Lagares
Key play: Byrd’s sacrifice fly, Mets’ extra-base hits

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets collected nine extra-base hits in an 8-0 win over the Phils.

Consecutive singles by Eric Young and Daniel Murphy began the top of the first inning. Eric Young advanced to third base after David Wright’s fly out to right fielder Delmon Young. Marlon Byrd hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Eric Young with the first run of the game. Phillies’ starter John Lannan retired Josh Satin on a ground ball to shortstop Jimmie Rollins for the third out. For the Mets, Matt Harvey pitched a perfect bottom half.

Lannan struck out the side in order in the top of the second. Harvey yielded only a single to Ryan Howard in the bottom of the inning and Lannan shut down the Mets in the top of the third. Matt set down all three Philadelphia batters in the bottom half and Wright doubled to lead off the top of the fourth. Byrd grounded out to third baseman Michael Young and a walk to Satin followed. Lannan got John Buck to hit a grounder to Rollins for an inning-ending double play. Harvey then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

To open the top of the fifth, Juan Lagares reached third base on an error by center fielder Ben Revere. Omar Quintanilla grounded out to Rollins and a double by Harvey brought home Lagares. Eric Young hit a double to score Harvey with the Mets’ third run of the game. Murphy grounded out to Rollins and a double by Wright plated Eric Young for a 4-0 New York lead. Lannan retired Byrd on a ground ball to Michael Young for the inning’s final out. Harvey then set down the Phils 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Lannan issued back-to-back walks to Satin and Buck to begin the top of the sixth. Lagares doubled to bring home Satin and send Buck to third base. Against Phillies’ reliever Joe Savery, Quintanilla hit a sacrifice fly that scored Buck and increased the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Harvey hit a line drive that knocked the glove off Savery, who recovered and threw to first baseman Howard for the out. Savery retired Eric Young on a grounder to Rollins to end the inning. Harvey then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Wright hit a one-out triple in the top of the seventh. Byrd doubled to score Wright and a foul pop-up by Satin was caught by Howard. Savery retired Buck on a fly ball to Delmon Young to close out the inning and Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins set down the Phillies in order in the bottom half. In the top of the eighth, Philadelphia reliever J. C. Ramirez made his major league debut by striking out all three hitters to come to bat. New York’s Brandon Lyon then hurled a perfect bottom of the inning.

With two outs in the top of the ninth, Wright homered against the Phils’ Jake Diekman for the Mets’ eighth run of the game. Byrd followed with a double for the ninth New York extra-base hit. Diekman retired Satin on an inning-ending fly ball to Revere and a single by Rollins opened the bottom half. Chase Utley followed with a ground ball to second baseman Murphy for a double play. Michael Young hit a single and moved to second base on defensive indifference. Lyon then struck out Howard to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory to end the weekend series.