The Mets completed the short two-game sweep of the Phillies today, by a final score of 4-2.
Noah Syndergaard pitched well in four frames, allowing four hits and two runs, one run coming off a defensive lapse in a run down which allowed Carlos Martinez to steal home in the third inning. Syndergaard had to be pulled from the game in the fifth after logging an abnormally high pitch count in four innings pitched, where he already threw 92 pitches.
Despite Syndergaard’s early departure, the Mets’ bullpen came through and kept the Phillies’ bats silent for the remaining five innings. Robert Gsellman built off his strong relief appearance on Opening Day by pitching two shutout innings plus three strikeouts. The usually maligned Hansel Robles turned jeers into cheers for once and struck out the side in seventh inning. A.J. Ramos and Jeurys Familia then helped bring the Mets home by shutting the door in the eighth and ninth, respectively.
The Mets’ offense came in bursts in today’s game, with Yoenis Cespedes drilling a two-run home run in the first inning. The Mets didn’t see another run until the sixth inning when Amed Rosario exploited the shallow outfield defense and hit a line-drive triple into right field to score two more runs.
Tom’s Player(s) of the Game: The Mets bullpen (5 IP, 8 K, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB)
For the first time this season, the Player of the Game award will go to multiple players. It’s hard to downplay the effect the bullpen had on today’s game, especially considering the circumstances they had to play under. With the game tied at two, the relievers had to step up and shut down the Phillies for the next five innings. Gsellman, Robles, Ramos, and Familia did a lot more than what they were asked for, and kept fans from worrying about another late-inning collapse that they were accustomed to all year long last season.
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