Noah Syndergaard finally got one for the road in Philly, snapping a 0-5 losing streak, securing NY’s 5½ lead in the NL East.
With a sea of orange and blue jersey’d fans in the stands, Citizens Bank Park is virtually the Mets second home. And although it’s technically an away game, it’s also the only stadium in the majors where the visiting team can conceivably receive a curtain call.
Syndergaard gave up 4 runs, two unearned by way of a botched throw by second baseman, Kelly Johnson. He also doubled in a run, while striking out nine. And if things weren’t painful enough for Mets’ opponents, they can’t even count on a for sure out from NY’s prolific hitting pitching staff.
The Mets got an early two run lead in the first on a costly error by Ryan Howard. With Curtis Granderson on board, Yoenis Cespedes made him pay with a 420-foot shot to center.
With NY leading 3-2, Howard redeemed himself on the heels of a Met mental mistake, giving the Phillies a 4-3 advantage.
In the top of the sixth, after Daniel Murphy drew a walk, it was Kelly Johnson’s turn to make up for the error of his ways, by singling to right. A four-pitch walk to Michael Conforto loaded the bases, and Michael Cuddyer, pinch-hitting for Syndergaard, hit a go ahead single to center giving the Mets the edge they needed to hang on to a 6-5 win.
Feathers were ruffled in the seventh when Mets’ reliever Hansel Robles threw a pitch to batter Darin Ruff before he was ready. Ex-Met and current frustrated Phillie, Jeff Francoeur, came up the dugout steps ready to start a rumble, and as NY players proceeded toward the Phillies dugout, Philadelphia bench coach Larry Bowa got into the fray, and was ejected before it morphed into a Don Zimmer moment.
Jeury’s Familia notched his 34th save, while after a resounding return to the majors; nothing went right for David Wright. He was 0-4, with two strikeouts, still needing to dust the rust off of his once dazzling defense.
Tomorrow the Mets will be tested once again, when right-hander Bartolo Colon takes his 10-11 record to the mound against Cole Hamels replacement, Jerad Eickhoff. Eickhoff’s major league debut was a dandy against Miami, pitching six scoreless innings of five hit five strike out ball.