Mets Hang On, Defeat Phillies 6-5

Sparks were flaring in what turned out to be a close 6-5 victory for the Mets Tuesday Night.

Noah Syndergaard, after giving up homers to both Freddy Galvis and Ryan Howard, limited the Phillies offensive damage to four runs, two of them earned, over five innings. Syndergaard exited in the top of the sixth for pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer, who managed to drive in Kelly Johnson and Michael Conforto with a single to center field, breaking a 4-4 tie. Lefty specialist Eric O’Flaherty took over in the bottom half, gave up a run, and promptly exited for Hansel Robles to face the righties.

Robles, trying to get his team out of the inning, began to aggressively quick-pitch Phillies pinch-hitter Darin Ruff-a little too aggressively. When Robles began to pitch while Ruf had barely step foot into the batter’s box, the Phillies dugout had enough.  Robles was forced to deal with the wrath of Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa and ex-Met Jeff Francouer. One out and a Bowa ejection later, Robles and the Mets successfully got out of the seventh inning. Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia (the latter showing several quick pitches of his own) locked down the eighth and ninth innings to secure the win for the Mets.

It took Syndergaard ten starts to get his first career victory on the road, where he owns a sub-5 ERA opposed to 1.82 at home.

Bartolo Colon will take the hill for the Mets tomorrow night against Phillies’ rookie Jerad Eickhoff, who is starting in only his second career game. As part of the return from the Rangers for star pitcher Cole Hamels, Eickhoff pitched six shutout innings in his debut against the Marlins on Friday. The game will be broadcasted on SNY at 7:05pm.

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2 comments

  1. Tom Franklin

    I have to agree with Bowa, tho he’s always been a powderkeg, Robles was out of line on the quick pitch. In fact I agreed with Darling that it was dangerous for the batter….Quick pitching needs to be subtle, and often as a way to keep runners off balance, not so much to “trick” batters…Love the subtly of baseball etiquette, one of the things I really love about the game. Like runners after they are out should never step on the mound enroute to their dugout. Or players leaving the field never step on the baseline. Love that “inside-baseball” stuff…Noah looks like he’s wearing down a bit…

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    • Matt

      I agree that in Robles’ move was wrong because of Ruf’s head being down. Even d’Arnaud said it was dangerous. However, I’ve been noticing Familia do it for quite some time now, and Cohen and Darling seem to praise him for it. It’s definitely an effective way to mess up both the runner and batter’s timing, but Robles’ version of it was excessive.

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