The Mets' hitters looked patient from the beginning in Philadelphia tonight, and their approach paid off. After squandering an opportunity to score in the first innng with Angel Pagan and Jose Reyes on second and third and nobody out, the Mets made up for it by roughing up Hamels in the third. Chris Young led off the inning with a single, and the Mets went on to score 6 runs in the inning and chase Hamels from the game in his worst start in quite some time. Young singled again in the inning and became the first pitcher in Mets' history with two hits in the same inning. The Mets also picked up an insurance run later in the game on Scott Hairston's first hit as a member of the team.
Chris Young was also the Mets' starting pitcher, and he fared well over 5.1 innings, notching 7 strikeouts and allowing only 1 run. Young did walk 4, which is far from ideal. He induced a groundout from Ryan Howard with two outs and the bases loaded as he struggled a bit in the fifth inning, and he started the sixth but gave way to the bullpen with runners on first and second and one out.
D.J. Carrasco got a ground ball double play from Wilson Valdez, the first batter he faced, and remained in the game to pitch a scoreless 7th inning. Tim Byrdak did the same in the 8th, and Bobby Parnell allowed a mere single as he wrapped up the game for the Mets.
It was one of those games where things broke in the Mets' favor, too. When the Phillies had two runners on with two outs in the fourth inning, Carlos Beltran selfishly tried to steal a foul ball from a Phillies fan and was awarded an out on a fan interference call by the umps. It was the right call, even though it's not entirely certain Beltran would have caught the ball without the interference. The wind at the stadium also turned two Phillies' fly balls to left field that would normally be cheap home runs into a pair of outs.
David Wright's four hit night was his first since June 24, 2009, and Chris Young tied the team record for hits by a pitcher in a game. Tomorrow night,
Chris Capuano makes his Mets' debut Mike Pelfrey makes his second start of the year, and the Phillies will trot out non-ace Joe Blanton.
Unintentionally sexual quote of the game: "He throws that 6'10" body at you, and that's all you see -- his chest, his shoulders, his legs" --- Ron Darling on Chris Young
Big winners: Angel Pagan, +17.5% WPA, Jose Reyes, +13.3% WPA, Chris Young, +11.8% WPA
Big losers: Carlos Beltran, -12.3% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: David Wright single in the third inning, +13.2% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Carlos Beltran pop out in the first inning, -7.6% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +16.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: +33.4% WPA
GWRBI!: David Wright
Nice job by Spike Davis; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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