Philadelphia-The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies sure have played a lot of baseball this weekend. After playing 14 innings on consecutive nights, the Mets and Phillies played 11 today for good measure. The Mets (27-29) were able to come out on top thanks to a two run homer from Lucas Duda in the top of the 11th, defeating the Phillies (24-30) 4-3.
The Mets opened the scoring in the top of the fourth when Chris Young hit a sacrifice fly to bring home David Wright. Young's 14th RBI of the season gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Phillies answered right back in the bottom of the frame, as Ryan Howard hit a two run homer off of Jonathon Niese to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. A Curtis Granderson sacrifice fly in the sixth inning allowed the Mets to tie the game at two.
This game was a battle of lefties on the mound, and both starters pitched well enough to win it. Cole Hamels battled through seven strong innings, racking up 125 pitches in the process. Hamels allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits while walking four and striking out eight, working himself into and out of trouble on multiple occasions for the Phillies. Niese was every bit as good for the Mets, going eight innings and allowing two runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out six.
The game remained tied until the top of the 11th, when Phillies reliever Philippe Aumont walked Travis d'Arnaud with two outs in the inning. Lucas Duda, who had entered the game in the bottom of the 10th, made Aumont (L, 0-1) pay by hitting a two run homer to dead center field to give the Mets a 4-2 lead. Jenrry Mejia came on for the bottom of the 11th, and managed to preserve the victory in spite of giving up a solo home run to Marlon Byrd with one out. Mejia was able to recover and record the final two outs to pick up his sixth save of the season.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game award goes to Mets' first baseman Lucas Duda. Duda delivered the game winning two run home run in the top of the 11th inning. The two run shot was Duda's eighth home run of the season.
Post Game Notes:
- Josh Edgin (W, 1-0) struck out the side in the tenth inning to pick up the win for the Mets.
- Juan Lagares left the game in the bottom of the 10th inning after aggravating his rib cage injury. Lagares is heading back to New York for an MRI tomorrow morning.
- This is the first time that the Mets have played three consecutive extra innings games since July 31-August 2nd, 2001, when they played three straight 10 inning games against the Houston Astros.
The Mets will look to take four of five from the Phillies when the two teams wrap up their five game series tomorrow night. Bartolo Colon (4-5, 4.73 ERA) and Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.76 ERA) will be on the mound. First pitch at Citizen's Bank Park is scheduled for 7:05 pm.Tags: Baseball, Chris Young, Cole Hamels, Curtis Granderson, Jenrry Mejia, Jonathon Niese, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Philippe Aumont, Ryan Howard