After Friday’s marathon 14-inning game, the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies played another 14-inning endurance test. The Mets outlasted the Phillies winning 5-4 on a single by Mets third baseman David Wright scoring shortstop Ruben Tejada from second. Tejada was the star of the game; going 3-4 with 2 RBI’s getting on base five times. Tejada snapped the major’s longest homerless drought by a position player. In the top of the fourth inning Tejada hit a solo shot, the first in 522 at bats. When Phillies center fielder Ben Revere hit the first home run of his career Wednesday, going 1,466 at bats without a home run, the homerless streak then fell to Ruben Tejada.
Journeyman reliever Buddy Carlyle picked up the win in his first major league appearance since 2011. Veteran reliever Anthony Bastardo fell to 3-3 and Carlos Torres picked up his second save of the year in the win. Right before the game the Mets announced that centerfielder Juan Lagares was a late scratch due to a tight muscle in his rib cage and Chris Young was inserted into the lineup in his place.
Young immediately paid dividends, singling to left to start the game. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then singled to the gap in left center. David Wright lined out to right and left fielder Curtis Granderson flied out to center, moving Young over to third. Right fielder Bobby Abreu then lined a single down the line in right scoring Young to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. First baseman Lucas Duda followed by ripping a double down the right field line scoring Murphy and moving Abreu to third, making it 2-0 New York. Catcher Anthony Recker then struck out swinging to retire the side. The Phillies went in order in the bottom of the first, and both teams failed to score for the next two innings.
After Duda popped out to third and Recker struck out swinging leading off the top of the fourth, Ruben Tejada lined a homer over the left field wall to extend the Mets lead to 3-0. It was Tejada’s first home run since August 1st of 2012 and the third of his career. Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom then struck out swinging to retire the side. The Phillies did not score in the bottom half of the fourth, both teams failed to bring in a run in the fifth.
Curtis Granderson lined out to right to lead off the top of the sixth. Bobby Abreu then ripped a double to center and Lucas Duda was intentionally walked. Anthony Recker then lined out to right, but Ruben Tejada singled to left. Dominic Brown scoring Abreu. Dominic Brown threw home, but nowhere near in time while both Duda and Tejada advanced. Jacob deGrom walked to load the bases but Chris Young struck out swinging to retire the side. Both teams were held scoreless in their next at-bats.
In the bottom of the seventh, shortstop Jimmy Rollins singled up the middle to lead off and second baseman Chase Utley followed with a walk. First baseman Ryan Howard then crushed a pitch over the left field fence for a home run to bring the Phillies back to within a run, making the score 4-3. Marlon Byrd struck out swinging, deGrom’s 11th of the afternoon but that would be his final batter. deGrom was pulled and in came lefty reliever Josh Edgin.
Edgin got Dominic Brown to line out to left, and in a surprising move Edgin was replaced with Daisuke Matsuzaka. Dice-K not only had pitched an inning and a third in Friday night’s game, but due to rookie pitcher Rafael Montero’s demotion to AAA Las Vegas, Matsuzaka was named Wednesday’s starter against the Cubs. Eric Campbell entered the game to play left as part of a double switch, and Granderson shifted over to right field replacing Bobby Abreu. Catcher Will Nieves reached on an error by Daniel Murphy but third baseman Reid Brignac struck out looking to end the inning. Both teams did not score in the eighth, and the Mets failed to score in the top of the ninth.
Jeurys Familia entered to pitch the top of the ninth and shut the door on the Phillies. Having pitched an inning and two thirds in Friday night’s game, it was clear that the hard throwing right was exhausted. Marlon Byrd immediately lined a ball that hit the right field line and bounced over the sidewall for a ground-rule double. Dominic Brown then lined a single in the gap in left center, easily scoring Byrd to tie the game 4-4. Infielder Cesar Hernandez pinch-hit for Will Nieves and laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing Brown over to second. Reid Brignac struck out swinging for the second out and catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch-hit for closer Jonathan Papelbon and hit an easy pop up in foul ground to first to end the inning. The Mets were retired in order in the top of the 10th and Familia pitched a scoreless bottom half of the inning.
After reaching the 14th inning for the second time in as many days, the Mets finally broke through against the Phillies bullpen. After Phils’ reliever Jeff Manship pitched three perfect innings in relief, he pulled his hamstring running out a ground ball to first for the final out of the 13th. Anthony Bastardo came in to replace Manship and immediately walked Ruben Tejada. Juan Lagares pinch-hit for Buddy Carlyle who pitched 3 shutout innings in the 11th, 12th, and 13th. Instructed not to swing due to his rib cage, Lagares sacrificed himself to move Tejada into scoring position. Chris Young was intentionally walked and Daniel Murphy swung at the first pitch and popped out to short. David Wright then lined a single over the head of Jimmy Rollins and into left field. Tejada scored as the Mets retook the lead 5-4. Chris Young then stole third base and Wright stole second on defensive indifference. Curtis Granderson flied out to center retiring the side.
Despite pitching 2 2/3 innings in Friday’s game and having initially been declared unavailable, Carlos Torres entered to close the game. Reid Brignac walked to lead off and Carlos Ruiz followed with a single up the middle. Torres then settled in, striking out centerfielder Ben Revere, getting Jimmy Rollins to line out to right, and striking out Chase Utley to end the game.
After the game, the Mets announced that lefty reliever Dana Eveland would be called up to help a worn out bullpen. No corresponding move has been announced. Tomorrow afternoon is a battle of lefty aces as Jonathon Niese faces off against Cole Hammels for the third time this season.
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