Rapid Reaction: Wheeler Rebounds, Conforto Homers As Mets Beat Phillies 5-4

The New York Mets (6-3) completed the sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies (3-6) at Citizen’s Bank Park on Wednesday by a score of 5-4.

Pitching

Zack Wheeler got the start and looked to rebound from his five-run, four-inning performance last Friday. He did just that as he went 5.2 innings of three-run ball to pick up the win, his first since 2014. He gave up four hits, one walk, and struck out four. He would’ve had a better start, but things got dicey in the sixth as he loaded the bases with one out.

Hansel Robles was then called upon to get out of the jam, but he gave up a grand slam to Maikel Franco charging three runs to Wheeler. Robles started off the seventh and was taken out after getting the first out. Jerry Blevins came in and got the next two batters out to finish off the inning.

Fernando Salas came in for the eighth and had a 1-2-3 inning accompanied by a strikeout. Addison Reed closed things out in the ninth to pick up his third save of the season.

Offense

Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes worked together to get the first run of the game. Conforto got a hit from the leadoff spot and Cespedes doubled him in two batters later.

Conforto helped the cause again in the third when he hit a solo shot to center making it a 2-0 game.

The Mets expanded their lead in the fifth as Asdrubal Cabrera singled in two runs with the bases loaded. Then Cespedes followed with a sacrifice fly scoring Conforto.

Both Cabrera and Cespedes finished with a hit and two RBI each. Conforto had another successful start by going 2-4 with a home run, RBI, walk, and three runs scored. He is now 4-10 (.400) with two home runs, three RBI, and five runs scored this season in seven games and two starts.

On Deck

The Mets head down to Miami on Thursday to take on Wei-Yin Chen (1-0, 1.50 ERA) and the Marlins. Chen picked up the win and his first career hit on April 7 against the Mets in six innings of one-run ball. The Mets will send Robert Gsellman (0-1, 4.50 ERA) to the mound who gave up three runs in five innings against the Marlins on April 8.

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