May 31, 2014: Mets Defeat Phils in 14 Innings

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Date: May 31, 2014
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 5
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Buddy Carlyle
Key player(s): Jacob deGrom, Ruben Tejada, Buddy Carlyle, David Wright
Key play: Tejada’s homer and RBI single, Wright’s single in 14th

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played a five-hour and thirty-two-minute game. In 14 innings, the Mets came away with a 5-4 win over the Phils.

Chris Young singled against Phillies’ starter Kyle Kendrick to lead off the top of the first. Daniel Murphy hit a single and David Wright lined out to right fielder Marlon Byrd. Curtis Granderson was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Ben Revere, after which Young advanced to third base. Bobby Abreu singled to score Young and send Murphy to third. Lucas Duda followed with a double that brought home Murphy for a two-run Mets lead. Kendrick struck out Anthony Recker to end the inning. Mets’ starter Jacob deGrom then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

DeGrom and Kendrick each pitched scoreless second and third innings. Jacob set down all six Philadelphia batters while Kendrick gave up only a single to Ruben Tejada. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Tejada hit a home run to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-0. DeGrom went down on strikes to close out the inning and limited the Phils to a single by Chase Utley in the bottom half. Kendrick hurled a perfect top of the fifth and Domonic Brown drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning. With Reid Brignac at bat, Brown was caught stealing on catcher Recker’s throw to shortstop Tejeda for the inning’s final out.

Abreu doubled with one out in the top of the sixth. Duda was given an intentional walk and Recker lined out to right fielder Byrd. Tejada hit a single to drive home Abreu for a 4-0 Mets lead. On his own hit, Ruben advanced to second base via a throw. A walk to deGrom loaded the bases and Kendrick struck out Young to finish off the inning. DeGrom then retired the Phillies in order in the bottom half.

Philadelphia reliever Mario Hollands pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Jimmie Rollins singled against deGrom to open the bottom of the inning. Utley drew a walk and Ryan Howard slugged a home run to reduce the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Byrd was struck out and Mets’ reliever Josh Edgin retired Brown on a line drive to left fielder Granderson. Against New York’s Daisuke Matsuzaka, Wil Nieves reached on an error by second baseman Murphy. Matsuzaka then threw a called third strike past Brignac to close out the inning.

Phils’ reliever Jake Diekman surrendered only a walk to Tejada in the top of the eighth. Revere tripled against Matsuzaka with one out in the bottom half. Rollins was retired on a ground ball to Murphy. Mets’ reliever Scott Rice issued a walk to Utley and fanned Howard to end the inning. Philadelphia’s Jonathan Papelbon hurled a scoreless top of the ninth and Byrd hit a ground-rule double against New York’s Jeurys Familia to begin the bottom of the inning. Brown singled to score Byrd and tie the game at 4-4. Pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt moved Brown to second base and Brignac went down on strikes. Familia then got pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz on an inning-ending foul pop-up to first baseman Duda to send the game onward.

Phillies’ reliever Jeff Manship set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the 10th. Familia hurled a scoreless bottom half and Manship retired all three Mets batters once again in the top of the 11th. New York’s Buddy Carlyle (who had just been recalled from AAA-Las Vegas) pitched a perfect bottom of the inning. Manship set down the side in order in the top of the 12th and Carlyle yielded only a single to Ruiz in the bottom half. The Mets were retired 1-2-3 by Manship for the fourth straight time in the top of the 13th. Howard singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Byrd drew a walk and Brown hit a grounder to Tejada for a double play. Carlyle then got Manship to ground out to Tejada and end the inning.

Tejada drew a walk against Philadelphia reliever Antonio Bastardo to begin the top of the 14th. Pinch-hitter Juan Lagares’s sacrifice bunt advanced Tejada to second base. Young was given an intentional walk and Murphy was retired on a pop-up to shortstop Rollins. Wright delivered a single that plated Tejada and put the Mets ahead by a run. With Granderson at the plate, Young stole third and Wright later went to second on defensive indifference. Bastardo then retired Granderson on a fly ball to Revere for the final out of the inning.

Brignac walked against Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres to lead off the bottom of the 14th. Ruiz hit a single and Revere went down on strikes. Rollins was retired on a line drive to right fielder Granderson (who had shifted from left.) Torres then struck out Utley to end the game. The Mets had a victory in extra innings.