The Home Run Derby lives on for the Mets, tonight receiving dingers from Travis d’Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, and Kelly Johnson. These accounted for all five runs the Mets scored.
Aside from some bad luck in the third inning (including an Aaron Harang bloop single that Cespedes trapped), pitcher Jonathan Niese threw six quality innings this evening, striking out five and allowing the same amount of hits. Harang, on the flip side, allowed nine hits while striking out nobody.
Daniel Murphy, stepping into the box in the top of the ninth trying to break a 5-5 tie, immediately pulled a single through the right side against Phillies closer Ken Giles. David Wright followed that with a sharp line drive into center that rookie outfielder Aaron Altherr was able to snag, followed by an almost-home run that Kelly Johnson hit to the warning track. D’Arnaud then struck out looking, making this one the Phillies game to win in the bottom half.
Sean Gilmartin came on for Hansel Robles in the 9th inning and shut the Phillies down. Freddy Galvis promptly grounded out, followed by strikeouts by both Cody Asche and Cesar Hernandez. With that, we were fortunate enough to witness free baseball-the best kind of baseball.
Gilmartin worked 2/3 of the tenth inning and was replaced by Carlos Torres to face Jeff Francouer, a known lefty-killer. Upon his first delivery to the plate, Torres somehow morphed into a soccer goalie, kicking a line drive over to first baseman Daniel Murphy, who then threw it back to Torres covering first: the rare 1-3-1.
Come the thirteenth inning, relief pitcher Carlos Torres led off with a single. Curtis Granderson kept the line rolling with another single-which set up Murphy for a two-RBI double down the left field line to take the lead. Following an RBI by Wright and an RBI single by Flores, the Mets had tagged Phillies reliever Hector Neris for four runs in the inning, and were up 9-5 after thirteen phitin’ innings.
Jeurys Familia came on in the bottom of the thirteenth innings and closed things out for the Mets. Himself, Torres, Gilmartin, Robles, and Logan Verrett combined for seven scoreless innings in relief.
The Mets will return to New York tomorrow night and face the Red Sox. Matt Harvey will take the hill for the Mets at 7:10pm against rookie Henry Owens for the Sox. The game will be broadcasted on both SNY and MLB Network.