The New York Mets (51-55) took on the Philadelphia Phillies (46-60) tonight at Citi Field for the start of a seven game homestand. Bartolo Colon took the mound for the Mets, as A.J. Burnett got the nod for Philadelphia.
What you should know:
Travis d’Arnaud broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth inning as he launched a three-run home run to left field. d’Arnaud would accumulate three extra base hits tonight (the home run and two doubles).
Burnett did not fare well at all for Philadelphia, as he was tagged for all seven runs over the span of five innings. Along with the seven earned runs, he also allowed eight hits, and walked two while striking out four.
Bartolo Colon on the other hand was terrific for the Mets. He would pitch 7.2 fantastic innings, allowing only one run and striking out six.
Dana Eveland came on in a low leverage situation to shut the door in the ninth but was forced to leave the game after being nailed by a comebacker in his pitching arm. Vic Black came on to get the final two outs, and secured the win for the Mets.
Despite having thirteen hits, the Phillies could only muster up one run, as the Mets defeated A.J. Burnett for the first time in nine years.
Player of the Game:
Tonight, I decided to award two New York Mets with Player of the Game honors. Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, who threw seven shutout innings before allowing just the one run in the eighth, and earning his tenth win of the season. The second player of the game goes to catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who had three extra base hits and three runs batted in in the Mets routing of the Phillies.