Philadelphia-After the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies played a 14 inning game in five hours and 23 minutes last night, the odds were against another long game this time out. The Mets and Phils managed to play even longer today, going another 14 innings and playing five hours and 32 minutes this afternoon. The Mets (26-29) got the last laugh on this day, as David Wright's RBI single in the top of the 14th inning gave them a 5-4 win over the Phillies (24-29).
The Mets actually got out to a quick start in the first inning, scoring two runs against Phillies' starter Kyle Kendrick. Bobby Abreu started the scoring with an RBI single, bringing in Chris Young to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Lucas Duda followed with an RBI double, plating Daniel Murphy to make it 2-0. The Mets added another run in the fourth inning from an unlikely source, as Ruben Tejada cranked a home run to left field to make it 3-0 Mets. Tejada's home run snapped a nearly two year home run drought, which was the longest in the major leagues among active regulars, and built on his RBI total with an RBI single in the sixth to make it 4-0.
That lead looked like it would be plenty for Mets' starter Jacob deGrom, who was spectacular once again. deGrom allowed only one hit over the first six innings, but he got himself into trouble in the seventh inning. deGrom gave up a single to Jimmy Rollins to start the inning, and then walked Chase Utley. Ryan Howard came up next and deposited a three run home run into the second row of seats in right field, cutting the Mets' lead to 4-3. The Mets would remove deGrom after one more hitter, but he had given them a chance to win. deGrom went 6.1 innings on the day, allowing only three runs on three hits while walking two and striking out 11.
The Mets managed to get through the eighth unscathed, and looked to Jeurys Familia to close the door on deGrom's first major league win. The win was gone in two batters, as Marlon Byrd hit a ground rule double and was singled home by Domonic Brown to tie the game at four. Familia was able to limit the damage to one run and the two teams went to extras for the second consecutive day.
Each team had multiple chances to end the game in extras, but some fine relief pitching on both sides kept the game scoreless. Familia managed to work himself out of a big jam in the 10th inning, and Buddy Carlyle did the same in the bottom of the thirteenth by getting out of a major jam unscathed. The Mets finally broke through in the top of the 14th, when Ruben Tejada started the frame with a walk. Pinch hitter Juan Lagares sacrificed him to second, and after a Daniel Murphy pop up David Wright delivered a two out single to give the Mets a 5-4 lead.
Running out of options, the Mets turned to Carlos Torres to try and pick up the save. Torres got into trouble himself by walking Reid Brignac and allowing a single to Carlos Ruiz to put runners on first and second with none out. Torres worked out of the jam, striking out two and getting a line out to end the game and record his second save of the season.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Mets' shortstop Ruben Tejada. Tejada had his best offensive day of the season, going 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBI's and two runs scored. Tejada also drew two walks, including a critical one to set up the winning run in the top of the 14th inning.
Post Game Notes:
- Carlyle (W, 1-0) got the win for the Mets after throwing three scoreless innings of relief.
- Lagares was scratched from the lineup with a back injury, and was unable to swing a bat according to Terry Collins postgame, hence why he only bunted in his pinch hitting appearance in the 14th.
- Phillies' reliever Jeff Manship, who had pitched four scoreless innings of relief, appeared to hurt himself trying to beat out a ground ball to first base in the bottom of the 13th inning.
- Antonio Bastardo (L, 3-3) took the loss for the Phillies.
- Collins told reporters after the game that Anthony Recker would've been the next pitcher if the game went any longer.
- The Mets will add another arm to their bullpen tomorrow as Dana Eveland is on his way up from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets have not announced a corresponding move, although the leading options appear to be either DFAing Carlyle or putting Lagares on the DL and playing with four outfielders for a few days.
- This is the first time in franchise history that the Mets have played five hour games on consecutive days.
- The Mets haven't played consecutive 14+ inning games since 1979.
The Mets and Phillies will look to play a much shorter game tomorrow afternoon as they continue their five game series at 1:35 pm. It will be a battle of lefties as Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.74 ERA) and Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.43 ERA) will be on the mound.Tags: Antonio Bastardo, Baseball, Buddy Carlyle, Carlos Torres, Dana Eveland, David Wright, Domonic Brown, Jacob DeGrom, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Ruben Tejada, Ryan Howard