Saturday, July 20, 2013

Game #93: Mets 5, Phillies 4

All Bobby Parnell wanted was to improve his team's record in one-run games. Right?

Parnell was shaky but held off a 9th-inning Phillies rally as the Mets eked out a 5-4 afternoon win at Citi Field.

The Good Stuff:
  • Gonzalez Germen relieved Zack Wheeler in the 5th and got him out of a bases-loaded jam, picking up his first major-league W with 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out three.
  • The Mets put up three runs in the 1st inning: Daniel Murphy doubled then stole third on David Wright's walk. Marlon Byrd followed with a first-pitch single off Cole Hamels to plate Murphy. After a bases-loaded walk to Josh Satin, Juan Lagares blooped a single in between a couple Phillies to score Wright. And Anthony Recker beat out a groundball for an RBI fielder's choice to make it 3-1 Good Guys.
  • Philly made it 3-2 in the 5th but David Wright, whose numbers against Hamels are astronomical, sliced a single into center to score speedy Eric Young and make it 4-2.
  • Murphy's RBI single in the 7th gave New York the fifth run it would end up needing in the end.
  • The best offensive numbers of the day belong to:
    • Daniel Murphy (2-4, 2B, R, RBI)
    • Marlon Byrd (2-4, R, RBI)
    • Juan Lagares (3-4, 2B, RBI) [on a side note, does it seems like he never scores in his multi-hit games?]
The Bad Stuff:
  • Zack Wheeler gave up a leadoff homer to Jimmy Rollins and didn't get out of the 5th inning, walking the bases loaded on his 106th pitch. Wheeler's final numbers in his default no-decision: 4.2 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts.
  • Bobby Parnell gave up his first home run since last August 4 to Chase Utley with two outs in the 9th, allowing Philly to get within one run and turn up the already-sweltering heat for the 26,722 Citi Field faithful.
Final Analysis:
Not the most satisfying win the Mets will have this season (seeing their future ace and closer struggle was certainly unnerving), but for a fourth place team any win will do. And it makes a nice birthday present for this blogger. The New York Mets are undefeated since I turned 22. How long can they keep it up?


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