Mets Sweep Phillies, Who Lose 4th Straight
By Matt Veasey
The Phillies recorded 9 hits and had 4 walks, but they stranded baserunners galore in dropping their 4th straight game on Jackie Robinson Day in MLB. The sweep gave the host Mets their own 4-game win streak, tying them atop the NL East with Atlanta in the early going of 2015.
Jerome Williams was crushed for 10 hits across 5 innings in which he yielded 5 runs, 4 earned in dropping his first decision of the season. Jon Niese spread 9 Phils hits across 6.1 innings and got the win for the hosts.
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The Phils got the scoring started early, as the electric Odubel Herrera led off the game with a line drive triple to center field, then scored on a Chase Utley grounder.
That lead didn’t last long. In the bottom of the 2nd, Eric Campbell,subbing for the injured David Wright at 3rd base for the Mets, singled to left. Williams then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Campbell to move up to 2nd base, and RubenTejada made Williams pay with a soft liner to right to score Campbell and tie it up at 1-1.
Apr 15, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Utley hits an RBI ground out in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
The very next inning, former Phillies prospect catcher Travis d’Arnaud lined a Williams pitch over the left field wall to put the Mets in front by 2-1. Then in the 4th, Williams committed the Cardinal Sin of allowing a 2-out, rbi hit to the opposing pitcher. Niese singled to left, scoring Juan Lagares, who had singled earlier in the inning and moved up on a fielder’s choice.
In the bottom of the 5th, Lucas Duda led off with yet another homerun, the Mets second of the night and the 11th yielded by Phillies pitching thus far in 2015. Michael Cuddyer followed with a double, moved to 3rd on a ground out, and then scored on a fielder’s choice grounder to put the Mets up 5-1.
The way the Phils offense has been going, that was already more than enough on most nights. But the hosts weren’t done yet. Justin De Fratus came on in relief of Williams in the bottom of the 6th, and with one out, he walked d’Arnaud. The red-hot Duda followed with an rbi double to make it 6-1, and the New York sweep was virtually complete.
A pair of Mets relievers named Torres, Carlos for 2/3 of an inning and Alex for the final two, shut the Phils bats down the rest of the way to clinch the victory for the New Yorkers.
So the season has begun about as poorly as fans and the team itself likely envisioned. The Phillies now have to travel to Washington, where waiting for their troubled scoring offense will be perhaps the most talented pitching rotation in the game today. This is getting ugly in a hurry.