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.