“I thought we left Colorado!” Gary Cohen exclaimed following Travis d’Arnaud’s moonshot 464-foot home run to center field, the fourth for the Mets at that point.
All-Star pitcher Jacob deGrom’s start left little to be desired. DeGrom allowed seven runs (six of them earned) on eight hits, three walks, and three home runs (including Cameron Rupp’s bomb in the second inning) in 2 and 2/3 innings pitched, marking the second shortest start of his career. Following a three-run third inning to bloat the Phillies lead to 7-2, the hopes of the Mets winning this game were severely diminished. But, as we all learned from the Padres this past July, never count a team out.
The Mets came right back in the fourth inning after back-to-back dingers from d’Arnaud and Flores to bring them within striking distance. Rule-5 Draft Pick Sean Gilmartin came on much earlier than expected, and did his best deGrom impression on a night that deGrom himself couldn’t, going 3 and 1/3 innings, allowing only three hits and striking out four, lowering his ERA to 2.34. After a single through the right side in the fifth inning, Gilmartin might as well have put on a wig and no one would’ve known deGrom had come out of the game. After a four run fifth and sixth inning, what looked like a game that had the potential to be a blowout, quickly turned into an easily secured Mets win.
D’Arnaud’s homer, plus one each from Juan Lagares, David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Michael Cuddyer, Yoenis Cespedes and two from Wilmer Flores, total up to eight home runs for the Mets, a new club record.
Rookie phenom Noah Sydnergaard will take the hill tomorrow night against veteran journeyman Jerome Williams at Citizens Bank Park looking to make it five straight wins for New York.