The Mets were hoping for big things from Chris Young when they signed the right-hander to an incentive laden one-year deal in the offseason, and he gave them just that only most of his heroics were at the plate and not on the mound.
Chris Young came up in the the third inning and singled off southpaw Cole Hamels, then after the Mets batted around, he came up again and lined a broken-bat single to drive in a run and send Hamels to an early shower.
The two hits in one inning was the first time a Mets pitcher had ever performed the feat, so as Howie Rose would say, pu it in the (record) books.
He did a nice job on the mound as well, holding the Phillies to just one run in 5.1 innings and striking out seven batters.
After the game he spoke to SNY’s Kevin Brurkhardt and said, “My shoulder feels good. My fastball had good life, and I was very happy with my splitter… it was an effective pitch for me tonight. I was excited about my performance. I’m glad to be a part of Mets history.”
So far, so good…
Mets are up 7-1 after seven as I write this.