The Mets (86-67) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (63-89) by a score of 6-4. Steven Matz was a little shaky in the first, effective through the next three, and shaky in the 5th and 6th and allowed 3 runs for the first time in his brief career. The Mets rallied twice, once in the 3rd and once in the 7th inning, and they scored 4 of their 6 runs with two outs, including all 3 in the 7th. Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia had solid bounce-back efforts while Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes, and Lucas Duda all look like they’re coming around offensively.
The Reds scored early, bunching 3 1-out singles against Steven Matz in the first inning, but Matz struck out Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce to end the threat. The Reds took a 1-0 lead. The Mets stranded a couple runners in the 2nd, but took advantage in the 3rd against rookie Josh Smith. Steven Matz led off with an infield single and after Curtis Granderson grounded out, David Wright doubled in Matz to even the game at 1. Daniel Murphy singled Wright to 3rd, and Yoenis Cespedes hit a sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Lucas Duda followed with a double down the right field line, scoring Murphy from 1st to make it 3-1.
Matz, on the other hand, settled down and allowed only 2 singles over the 2nd through the 4th inning. The 5th inning proved troublesome for Matz though, and singles to pinch hitter Ramon Cabrera, Ivan De Jesus, and Brandon Phillips cut the Mets lead to 3-2. In the 6th, Matz allowed line drive after line drive, and after Eugenio Suarez doubled, pinch hitter Adam Duvall singled him in, deflected by David Wright who was unable to make the play. The Reds tied the game at 3, but Erik Goeddel struck out Jason Bourgeois to end the threat.
The Mets struck right back in the top of the 7th. After a sharp groundout by pinch hitter Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson singled to right off lefty Manny Parra. David Wright hit a deep ground ball to right field that the ballpark held, but Daniel Murphy tripled to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Yoenis Cespedes followed with a sharp RBI single up the middle and Lucas Duda followed that with a double to left-center field to score Cespedes. The Mets took a 6-3 lead.
Addison Reed pitched a clean 7th inning, Hansel Robles allowed only a solo home run to Jay Bruce in the 8th, and Jeurys Familia pitched a 1-2-3 9th to earn his 42nd save of the season, just one shy of the Mets single-season record, held by Armando Benitez.
This was a good win and a good start to the 7 game road trip, especially after the disappointing 3-6 homestand. One oddity in this game was the home plate umpire’s reaction to Hansel Robles’s quick pitch. Rather than calling no pitch, the umpire pointed at Robles and called the pitch a ball (which, in fact, the pitch was). Terry Collins came out to argue, saying that the umpiring crew in Philadelphia had called no pitch instead of a ball when they deemed the batter wasn’t ready. Robles fell back 3-2 after getting ahead 0-2, and allowed the solo home run to Bruce, but it proved not to be a pivotal moment.
POSITIVES: Daniel Murphy is looking as good at the plate as he has in a long time. Murphy laced line drives today, and was 3/5 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and a triple. Lucas Duda is also starting to come out of his slump, as he was 2/3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI tonight. David Wright was only 1/5, but the one hit was a big one that tied the game at 1, and he has looked much better lately. Yoenis Cespedes was also 2/4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Cespedes’s two hits were absolute bullets up the middle. Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia had great bounce-back efforts, and Erik Goeddel got a key out in the 6th.
NEGATIVES: Steven Matz was solid through the first 4 after a shaky first inning, but allowed absolute bullets in the 5th and 6th innings, and in the words of the TV broadcast, was “fooling no one.” Once again, Matz limited the damage, but he allowed 10 hits and 3 runs over 5 2/3 IP with no walks and 8 strikeouts. Hansel Robles once again was susceptible to the long ball, allowing a shot to Jay Bruce. Curtis Granderson is still mired in his slump, but did have a big line-drive single against the lefty Parra.
The Orioles defeated the Nationals by a score of 5-4 earlier today. The Orioles had a 3-0 lead, fell behind 4-3, and took the lead on a 2-run home run by Matt Wieters against Blake Treinen. The Mets now have a 7.5 game lead in the division and the magic number has been reduced to 3.
- Daniel Murphy (.311)
- Lucas Duda (.205)
- Bullpen (.152) (Goeddel, Reed, Robles, Familia)
- Yoenis Cespedes (.129)
WPA Loser: Steven Matz (-.172 pitching, .039 batting, -.133 total)
- Daniel Murphy hits an RBI triple, Mets up 4-3, 7th inning (.257)
- David Wright hits an RBI double, game tied 1-1, 3rd inning (.130)
- Lucas Duda hits an RBI double, Mets up 3-1, 3rd inning (.124)
- Yoenis Cespedes hits an RBI single, Mets up 5-3, 7th inning (.117)
- Adam Duvall hits an RBI single off of Steven Matz, game tied 3-3, 6th inning (-.195)
- Brandon Phillips hits an RBI single off of Steven Matz, Reds down 3-2, 5th inning (-.133)
- Brandon Phillips hits an RBI single off of Steven Matz, Reds up 1-0, 1st inning (-.106)