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?]
- 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.
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?