The NY Mets got a dose of brotherly love during their four-night stay in Philadelphia, beating the Phillies 9-5 in OT – sweeping them for the second time this season.
There was so much orange and blue in the stands that it felt as if Phillies fans were actually having an affair. I’m not condoning infidelity, but can you blame them?
Tonight was another indication that nothing seems insurmountable for the Mets. Jonathon Niese got roughed up for five runs in the 3rd, but NY’s resilient line-up got it all back by the 5th.
Then in the 13th, it was Daniel Murphy’s turn to grab the heroic headlines with his double to left that drove in two, which sealed the deal, but the Mets, being their offensive selves, tacked on two more.
Murphy also flashed some damn good defense, as well. In the 10th he made a diving stop of Jeff Francouer’s hard liner, after it was deflected off of relief pitcher Carlos Torres’ leg. Then flipped a no look toss to a hustling Torres at first for the out.
And some of the best news for the Mets was the return of David Wright’s defensive skills, which kept them alive in the 12th. His short hop handling of Andres Blanco’s chopper to third prevented Cesar Hernandez from scoring the winning run.
The Amazins may not have gotten it done tonight by going deep too often, but Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d’Arnaud, and Kelly Johnson’s shots out of the park set a franchise record for home runs in a month with 43.
Tomorrow the Mets open a three game home stand against the Red Sox, which would’ve been some throwback fun if Boston were in contention. Matt Harvey, 4-0 in his last 7 Citi Field starts, faces a formidable Henry Owens, who held his own against the red-hot Royals.