Sunday, May 1, 2022

Dom-inant Mets Take Series Finale From Phillies


Max Scherzer looking in for the sign against Kyle Schwarber. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets beat the Phillies, 10-6, in the finale of their three-game series on Sunday night at Citi Field.

Combined with their no-hitter on Friday night, the Mets won two games in the series and run their National League-best record to 16-7. 

Dom Smith led the way for the Mets, as he went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, and Starling Marte also had a hit and three RBIs.

The Mets sent Max Scherzer to the mound, and he has been a strikeout machine, as he racked up 10 apiece in his prior two starts, against San Francisco on April 19 and in St. Louis on April 25, and he kept it up in this one, as he struck out nine.

The Mets ace improved to 4-0 on the season, with a 2.61 ERA, as he went 6 innings, and allowed 4 earned runs on 5 hits and a walk. The only blemish on the night was the three home runs he allowed, with Kyle Schwarber getting two of them, and Bryce Harper a solo shot.

Scherzer started off the game by striking out the first five Phillies he faced in dominant fashion, a few of them on three pitches. This was the first time he did this in his illustrious career.

The run ended in a hurry when Schwarber (who else?) hit a bomb to right field for a solo home run. Schwarber, who has become a Met killer, picked up where he left off after getting the game-winning two-run homer on Saturday night.

The Mets came right back against Phillies starter Zach Eflin in the bottom of the second, as Eduardo Escobar got a one-out single, followed by a bloop hit into center field by Dom Smith. Escobar got to third on that hit, which proved to be huge because when Starling Marte dribbled one to third base, too slow for Alec Bohm to turn a double play, he came into score to tie the game.

The big blow of the inning came from Luis Guillorme, who hit one of the base of the fence in center field for a double to bring home Smith and make it 2-1 Mets. That was the second baseman's first RBI of the season.

Scherzer worked around a Jean Segura single in the third, getting out of the inning with a Rhys Hopkins double play, and then retired the first two Phillies in the fourth.

J.T. Realmuto drew a two-out walk which kept the inning alive for, you guessed it, Schwarber, and he took advantage. He deposited another bomb into the seats, a two-run shot this time, to make it Schwarber, I mean, Phillies 3, Mets 2.

The Mets got the run back quickly in the bottom half of the fourth, as Escobar got a lead-off single and he came home on a double by Dom Smith.

In the fifth, the Mets took the lead when Lindor, who singled to open the inning, came in on a passed ball by reliever Jose Alvarado with the bases loaded, and Dom Smith delivered a two-run single to make it 6-3 Mets.

Scherzer, who retired the Phils in order in the fifth, including with two strikeouts, made it three in a row with Hoskins to open the sixth. 

Bryce Harper was up next, and he launched a home run to right center to cut the Mets' lead to 6-4.

The Mets blew it ipen in the seventh, starting with Lindor reaching on an error by Phillies second baseman Segura, followed by a Jeff McNeil single, and a Pete Alonso RBI single. After Escobar struck out, Smith singled to give the Mets two on and one out. Starling Marte cashed in, hitting one up the gap in right to bring in McNeil and Alonso to make it 9-4. Marte was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, and Guillorme struck out to end the threat.

The World Champion Atlanta Braves come in to Citi Field for a big four-game set starting Monday night. Atlanta is 10-13 on the season, but everyone knows what they’re capable of.

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