The Philadelphia Phillies prevailed in a marathon game against the New York Mets, winning by a final score of 6-5 in 14 innings, the second of a five game series between the two teams at the Phillies Citizens Bank Park.
The game took close to 5:30 hours to complete and was finally won in the bottom of the 14th when third baseman Reid Brignac hit a bases loaded single to win the game. Closer Jenrry Mejia took the loss for the Mets dropping to 4-2 on the year while Justin De Fratus picked up his first win on the year, making him 1-0.
Phillies left fielder Dominic Brown was the star of the game, going 1-3 with 4 RBI’s, including a 3 run homer in the fourth.
After the Mets were retired in order in the top of the first, and the Phillies failed to score in the bottom of the first, left fielder Curtis Granderson drew a walk to lead off the top of the second.
Right fielder Bobby Abreu followed with a walk of his own. First baseman Lucas Duda then doubled down the right field line scoring Granderson and moving Abreu over to third, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud grounded to second but Abreu scored making it 2-0 New York. Duda advanced to third on the play. Shortstop Ruben Tejada then lined a single through the hole between short and third to score Duda to extend the Mets lead to 3-0. Pitcher Rafael Montero laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Tejada over to second, but centerfielder Juan Lagares struck out swinging to retire the side.
The Phillies did not score in the bottom of the second and the Mets failed to bring in a run in the top of the third.
Pitcher AJ Burnett led off the bottom of the third with a single to right. Centerfielder Ben Revere then flied out to center for the first out, but shortstop Jimmy Rollins lined a single to the gap in right center. Bobby Abreu then bobbled the ball, allowing Burnett to take third. Second baseman Chase Utley then grounded to second for out number two but Burnett scored to put the Phillies on the board, 3-1 New York. Rollins advanced to second on the play. Rollins then stole third but first baseman Ryan Howard flied out to left to end the inning. The Mets failed to score in the top of the fourth.
Right fielder Marlon Byrd walked and catcher Carlos Ruiz singled to left center to start the bottom of the fourth. Left fielder Dominic Brown then golfed a shot over the right field fence to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Reid Brignac then singled to right, and AJ Burnett hit a dribbler in front of the plate. Travis d’Arnaud grabbed the ball and over threw taking Ruben Tejada off the bag and Brignac safe at second, with Burnett at first. Ben Revere then grounded into a double play while Brignac advanced to third. Jimmy Rollins then walked and Mets manager Terry Collins had seen enough.
Montero was pulled and in came Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka then induced a lazy pop-up from Chase Utley to third base to end the inning.
Centerfielder Juan Lagares reached on an infield single to third leading off the top of the fifth. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then walked, but third baseman David Wright and Curtis Granderson each struck out swinging. Bobby Abreu then roped a rocketed a pitch down the right field line for a double. Both Lagares and Murphy scored as the Mets retook the lead 5-4. Lucas Duda was intentionally walked, but Travis d’Arnaud struck out swinging to retire the side.
In the bottom of the fifth Ryan Howard led off by flying out to center. Marlon Byrd followed with a walk and Carlos Ruiz then doubled to left, moving Byrd to third. Dominic Brown then grounded to short but Byrd scored to tie the game at 5-5. Ruiz advanced to third on the play. Reid Brignac was intentionally walked but AJ Burnett struck out looking to end the inning.
It took until the bottom of the 14th inning for either team to score again. Down to their last reliever, closer Jenrry Mejia came in after Vic Black pitched two shutout innings in the 12th and 13th. Mejia got Marlon Byrd to pop-up to right fielder Chris Young who came in to the game in the seventh inning to play left field, and moved over to right in the bottom of the ninth when Eric Campbell came in to play left. Young dropped the ball and Byrd was safe. Carlos Ruiz then lined a single to center moving Byrd over to third. Cesar Hernandez pinch-hit for pitcher Justin De Fratus and was intentionally walked to load the bases. Reid Brignanc then lined a single to left bringing in Byrd to win the game for the Phillies.
After the game the Mets announced that Montero would be demoted and veteran reliever Buddy Carlyle would be called up to help the exhausted bullpen. Rookie phenom Jacob deGrom goes tomorrow afternoon for New York while veteran starter Kyle Kendrick toes the rubber for the Phillies.
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