New York-Manager Terry Collins trotted out an unorthodox lineup for today's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The New York Mets played without half of their regulars, leading Collins to give guys like Anthony Recker, Justin Turner, and Matt den Dekker playing time. The Mets have struggled for offensive punch without their regulars throughout the season, but it didn't hurt them today. The Mets' non-regulars actually responded to the challenge and the team put 11 runs on the board to defeat the Phillies 11-3.
The Mets jumped out to a 1-0 lead against Phillies' starter Ethan Martin (2-3, 6.39 ERA) in the third inning when Daniel Murphy doubled home Eric Young Jr. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth when Anthony Recker celebrated his birthday in style with a two run homer off of Martin to push the Mets' lead out to 3-0. Martin's day was done after four innings, having allowed three runs on three hits with four walks and nine strikeouts. The Mets continued to pound the Phillies' pitching staff after Martin was gone, refusing to settle for a three run lead. Andrew Brown's RBI single in the fifth stretched the lead to 4-0. The Mets added two more runs in the sixth on a balk by Phillies' pitcher Cesar Jiminez and another RBI single from Murphy to make their lead 6-0.
Carlos Torres (3-2, 2.77 ERA) was the beneficiary of this explosive Mets' offense. Torres pitched 6.2 strong innings for the Mets, allowing only one run on four hits and striking out six on the day. Torres went deep into the game on a day that the Mets really needed him to, particularly after Daisuke Matsuzaka got knocked out early last night. Torres' strong effort should give the Mets added confidence in him going forward.
After a Darin Ruf sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh cut the lead to 6-1, the Mets responded with a four run seventh inning. Omar Quintanilla drew a bases loaded walk to bring home Lucas Duda to make it 7-1. Two batters later, Eric Young cleared the bases with a three run triple to blow the game wide open at 10-1. The remainder of the scoring came on a two run home run from Roger Bernadina in the eighth for Philadelphia and a solo shot from Andrew Brown in the bottom of the frame for the Mets.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game is Mets' second baseman Daniel Murphy. Murphy collected a team high four hits on the day to go 4 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI's.
Post Game Notes:
- All Mets' starters except Torres scored at least one run today.
- Matt den Dekker went 0 for 5 in his major league debut but scored a run on Young's triple in the seventh inning.
- Eric Young Jr had a strong day at the plate for the Mets, going 3 for 5 with two runs scored and the aforementioned three run triple.
- Chase Utley and Domonic Brown got two hits a piece for the Phillies.
- The Mets split their series with the Phils two games a piece.
- The Mets finish up their nine game home stand with a 3-6 record.
The Mets will head out onto the road for a nine game road trip tonight. They will begin with a trip to the nation's capital for a three game set with their division rivals, the Washington Nationals. Dillon Gee (9-9, 3.69 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets looking to build on his strong second half, while the Nationals will send the suddenly struggling Jordan Zimmermann (15-7, 3.32 ERA) to the bump. First pitch for tomorrow night's game is scheduled for 7:05 pm at Nationals Park.
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