The Mets (59-69) defeated the Phillies (61-67) by the score of 9-5 tonight at Citizen’s Bank Park.
Shoppach was the man tonight in a great game against the Phillies where the Mets rallied to come back from defecits twice and put a four spot up in the tenth.
Chris Young started tonight and struggled over 4.1 IP, allowing all 5 of the Philadephia runs off four hits and three walks. He struck out two, but allowed two home runs: a Grand Slam to Ryan Howard in the first and a solo shot to Utley in the fifth. The Mets bullpen, surprisingly, came through in the clutch today for some seriously impressive pitching after not allowing a run against Houston recently.
Robert Carson and Ramon Ramirez pitched hitless innings with a strikeout. Josh Edgin allowed a hit and a walk, but struck out one and looked strong in his outing, which lasted four outs. Rauch came out for one out as well and picked it up successfully. Parnell came in to keep the game close in the ninth and did so, and he also dominated the tenth inning to shut the door. He was really throwing heat in the tenth, touching 100 and picking up two strikeouts.
The offense definitely did their job today by scoring nine runs. A Wright single in the first led off the scoring for the Mets. A two-run homer from Mike Baxter in the fourth and a Wright sacrifice fly in the fifth would bring the Mets back to a tie, before the Phillies took the lead again. Shoppach tied it up with an RBI double down the line in the eighth, but he would not be done there.
In the tenth, we saw the Mets get it started with a David Wright bloop single followed by an RBI 2B from Ike Davis. A well-hit Lucas Duda single scored Ike and then Shoppach blasted one into the back rows in left field for a two-run shot. The Mets took the lead 9 – 5 and finished up from there.
Any defeat of Philadelphia feels good.
Shoppach should be brought back next season.
This was the Mets fourth win this season when trailing after the seventh inning.
Tejada, Murphy, Wright, Duda, and Shoppach all had multiple hits. Murphy dispelled worries about his injury.
Parnell improves to 4 – 3. Murphy picked up error number 12.
McHugh, Valdespin, Meija, Ramirez, Familia, and Nickeas look to be the September call ups.
Random fact from a Satish recap: Ike Davis has 25 RBI from the 7th inning or later and 4 go-ahead RBI. Those both lead the team.
Matt Harvey starts tomorrow. Over his past two starts, he has given up two runs in 13 2/3 innings, striking out 17 and walking three. His 43 whiffs are the most by any Mets pitcher over the first six starts of a career. He faces Cole Hamels at 7:05 PM.