The New York Mets (25-28) took their series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies (23-28) Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park by a score of 4-1. Four Mets pitchers combined for fifteen strikeouts on the night, led by Zack Wheeler, who put up maybe his best start of the season. After going winless in his last nine starts, Wheeler (W, 2-5) tossed six and one-third innings, allowing just four hits and one run, coming on a solo homer by Marlon Byrd in the seventh. Most importantly, Wheeler did not walk any batters, having come into the game averaging almost three walks per start.
With the Mets already up 1-0, Chris Young belted his fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot to deep left in the visitor's half of the fourth. Curtis Granderson also scored to put the Mets ahead 3-0. After a booted grounder at third by Cesar Hernandez, the Mets would load the bases in the fifth, setting up Granderson his easiest RBI of the season. He drew a walk with the bases loaded to extend the lead to 4-0, but that would be all the Mets would get off Phillies starter David Buchanan (L, 1-1). In his second career start, Buchanan allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits while walking and striking out two each.
With Wheeler's night done following the Byrd homer with one out in the seventh, the Met bullpen was called upon to preserve the win. Scott Rice (HLD, 6), Vic Black (HLD, 1) and Jenrry Mejia (SV, 5) shut down the Phils for the final two and two-thirds innings, with Mejia striking out the side in the ninth.
What's on Deck
The Mets and Phillies continue their five-game series Friday night, when Rafael Montero (0-2, 4.96) faces A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.Tags: Baseball, Citizens Bank Park, Curtis Granderson, David Buchanan, Marlon Byrd, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Zack Wheeler