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The Mets got to the Phillies bullpen once again, walking it off at Citi Field with a 4-3 victory in support of Jacob deGrom. It was an afternoon where deGrom delivered a good, but human performance: two runs on three hits through six innings. He left the game behind, but Kevin Pillar tied the game with a solo homer off Ranger Suárez. Edwin Díaz allowed the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, but a combination of the Phillies’ poor defense and Héctor Neris’ continued struggles on the mound meant the Mets found themselves with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth. A bases-loaded walk to Luis Guillorme tied the game and Michael Conforto hit the walk-off sacrifice fly to win the game for the Mets.
Marcus Stroman will start today’s game on regular rest after dealing with hip soreness that caused his premature exit from his most recent start. Jerad Eickhoff will start Monday’s game with Tylor Megill taking the hill on Tuesday.
Carlos Carrasco threw off the slope today for the first time. Although he has yet to throw off a mound, it’s still a huge milestone in what has been a rocky recovery from his hamstring injury. The Mets are hoping he can return sometime after the All-Star Break.
Around the National League East
The Braves lost to the Reds 4-1, as their offense continues to struggle.
In awful news for the Braves, Mike Soroka re-tore his surgically repaired Achilles tendon while walking to the clubhouse, which will require season-ending surgery.
The Phillies made a couple of roster moves ahead of yesterday’s game. They reinstated Andrew Knapp from seven-day concussion injured list and recalled right-hander Enyel De Los Santos from Triple A and optioned outfielder Matt Vierling.
The Marlins beat the Nationals 3-2; rookie Zach Thompson struck out 11 Nationals in his six innings of work.
Around Major League Baseball
Although it is “old school,” Joel Sherman of the Post reminds us that it’s really hard to hit .300 and that achievement should be celebrated.
Vladamir Guerrero Jr. smacked his 50th career home run yesterday, needing only 258 games to reach that mark, the exact same number of games as his father.
Will Leitch of MLB.com reviewed each team’s surprise story in 2021 so far.
Justin Choi of Fangraphs took a deep dive into Nolan Arenado’s defense.
With MLB cracking down on sticky substances, spin rate is down across the league.
This Date in Mets History
The Mets signed Ed Kranepool on this date in 1962.