On the day the Mets learned they'd be without the services of Jon Niese for the foreseeable future, Jeremy Hefner, rotation spot secure for now, responded with one of his better starts of the year. The Okie from
Muskogee Perkins overcame some very shaky defense behind him to allow just three runs in six solid innings.
Offensively, the Mets recent decision to reshuffle the outfield paid off this evening. The newly acquired Eric Young, Jr. had his best game to date in orange and blue, picking up the team's first hit with a leadoff double in the fourth inning, scoring the team's first run two batters later, and driving home a pair in the following frame to tie the game at three. Meanwhile, Juan Lagares made a good case for more playing time, too. The young center fielder went three-for-four and put the Mets ahead for good with an RBI double in the sixth.
The Mets threatened to add insurance runs in the eight and ninth, but both rallies came to naught. No matter, however. Bobby Parnell needed just 14 pitches to retire the heart of the Phillies' order to close out the game and drop Cole Hamels's record to 2-11 (!) on the season. Poor guy is riding pretty low on the hog right now.
Full recap to follow.
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