Luckily for the Mets, September call-ups have occurred, so they could prevent their starting lineup from getting fatigued in a game that was a lost cause.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Kevin Plawecki, Eric Young Jr., and Eric Cambell all replaced starters come the eighth inning, all of whom were recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas today. Juan Uribe also came off the bench to replace Daniel Murphy at second.
Following an eight-run sixth inning, the Phillies lead had proved insurmountable. They’re victory was just their second this year against the Mets. Darin Ruf, providing six RBI’s, homered off Jon Niese for the second time this week. Darnell Sweeney, an acquisition in the Cole Hamels trade, contributed two hits and three RBI’s in the Phillies blowout win.
Despite the score, there is some silver lining in tonights loss. Yoenis Cespedes broke out of his 0-for-13 slump with a three-run bomb in the fifth inning, followed by a triple in the seventh. Add on a 2-for-4 night on behalf of David Wright and Michael Conforto, a nice outing by the newly-reinstated Erik Goeddel, and an impressive Mets debut for Addison Reed, the Mets loss doesn’t look all that bad.
I think we all knew that the Mets dominance couldn’t last forever. Still, I’m happy to see such productivity from guys like Conforto, Wright, and Reed-the guys who the entire team is really turning to right now. If the Mets have high playoff hopes, they can’t go into September with a slumping Cespedes, so hopefully his productive night is indicative of future success. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s an exciting time to be a Mets fan.
Tomorrow is Harvey Day, as the ace will face off against highly-touted rookie Aaron Nola at Citi Field in attempt to split this three game series. The game will be broadcasted at 7:10pm on SNY.