Friday’s Highlights: Sizemore drops the ball, Campbell steals home, d’Arnaud RBI single

Juan Lagares hits a fly ball to left field, which is dropped by Grady Sizemore with two outs in the seventh, allowing two runs to score. >>> Watch here.

Juan Lagares steals second and Eric Campbell slides in safely at home as the Mets pull off a double steal in the seventh inning Friday. >>> Watch here.

Travis d’Arnaud puts the Mets on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring David Wright. >>> Watch here. 



Dilson Hererra was nervous, but made it through his debut

20-year-old 2B prospect Dilson Herrera was 0-for-3 with a fielding error in his big-league debut with the Mets on Friday night.

“To be honest, it was a little bit of nerves going into the first inning, but after that it was fine,” Herrera said through an interpreter after the  game. “I felt good the rest of the night.”

Herrera grounded into a double play swinging at the first pitch he saw in his first at-bat. He struck out in the fifth. He lined out to second baseman in his final at bat.

“I was just happy that I had good contact,” Herrera said.

He booted a routine groundball hit deep to his left, while playing on the grass, in the ninth.

“I’m sure he was a little nervous,” Terry Collins later said. “It’ll be fun to keep watching him play.”

Read More >> Everything You Need to Know about Hererra

Jenrry Mejia peers in for the sign

Jenrry Mejia is second-youngest Met to reach 20 saves

22-year-old Mets closer Jenrry Mejia became the second-youngest pitcher in franchise history to reach 20 saves.

Neil Allen had 22 saves as a 22-year-old in 1980.

Mejia struggled through much of August, but has since locked down three straight scoreless appearances.

“The breaking ball is distinctly better now than it was,” said Terry Collins, who also said getting Mejia rest likely helped him get back to form.


Jacob deGrom walked the tightrope, but unfazed

Jacob deGrom did not give up a hit until the fifth inning Friday night against the Phillies.

In the end, he pitched 7 innings, allowed four hits, gave up one un-earned run, walked two and struck out five batters.

“He was very, very good,” Terry Collins said after the game. “He was walking that tightrope. You can’t make a mistake because we don’t hardly have any runs on the board. He’s unfazed by that.”

DeGrom has pitched at least six innings in 14 of his 18 starts this season, during which he has allowed three runs or fewer in 13 games.

He is 7-6 with a 2.94 ERA in his rookie season with the Mets.

What’s on tap for Saturday, Aug. 30…

The Mets and Phillies continue their three-game series at 7:10 pm ET on Saturday at Citi Field.

Bartolo Colon (12-10, 3.82 ERA) opposes RHP Jerome Williams (2-5, 6.71).


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In case you missed it…

The Mets scored three runs when Phillies OF Grady Sizemore dropped of a fly ball with two outs and the bases loaded as they beat the Phillies, 4-1, Friday, during which Jacob deGrom allowed one run in seven innings; Dilson Herrera was hitless with a fielding error in his debut; Eric Campbell stole home; and Jenrry Mejia became the second-youngest closer in franchise history to lock down 20 saves.

The Mets are 12-5 against the Phillies this season.

Triple-A manager Wally Backman was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: This will only further embolden Mets fans and media who feel Backman’s time has come and that he should replace Collins as soon as next season. I don’t think it matters, though. The way I understand it from team insiders, it’s very unlikely that Wally is ever managing the Mets under Alderson. I do think it could work under Paul DePodesta, John Ricco or JP Ricciardi, but not Sandy. In terms of what I think >> Read more

Sandy Alderson and his staff have not discussed moving Travis d’Arnaud off catcher >> Read more


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Game recap — Mets 4, Phillies 1

Result: The Mets benefited from a late error in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Phillies at Citi Field and avoided a three-game losing streak.

Need to Know: Jacob deGrom was stellar over seven innings, not allowing a hit until the fifth and holding the Phillies to just an unearned run to push his record over .500 (7-6). Phillies outfielder Grazy Sizemore’s seventh-inning error on a dropped fly ball to left with two outs and the bases loaded allowed two Mets runners to score, while Eric Campbell stole home as the Mets pulled off a double steal later in the inning to extend their lead to 4-1. New York had just four hits on the night, and Travis d’Arnaud hit an RBI single in the fourth inning for their only earned run of the night. Jenrry Mejia picked up his 20th save of the season by shutting the door on Philadelphia in the top of the ninth.

Game Ball: deGrom, who got back to his winning ways after struggling in his return from the disabled list Aug. 23.

Links: AP recap | Box score

What’s Next: With Saturday’s first pitch set for 7:10 p.m., the Mets will turn to Bartolo Colon (12-10, 3.82 ERA), who returns after attending his mother’s funeral this week. Jerome Williams (2-0, 1.77 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Phillies.

Tonight’s Game: Phillies at Mets, pres. by Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

The Mets and Phillies begin a three-game series at Citi Field on Friday night.

Mets First Pitch starts at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m.

Jacob deGrom (6-6, 3.13) starts for the Mets, while David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21) pitches for Philadelphia.

Mets Phillies
1. Juan Lagares – CF 1. Ben Revere – CF
2. Curtis Granderson – RF 2. Jimmy Rollins – SS
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Chase Utley – 2B
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Ryan Howard – 1B
5. Travis d’Arnaud – C 5. Marlon Byrd – RF
6. Matt den Dekker – LF 6. Grady Sizemore – LF
7. Dilson Herrera – 2B 7. Carlos Ruiz – C
8. Wilmer Flores – SS 8. Cody Asche – 3B
9. Jacob deGrom – RHP 9. David Buchanan – 3B

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Murphy will likely miss more than two weeks

Daniel Murphy likely won’t make his return to the team with much remaining left in the season, Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson said on Friday.

Murphy went for an MRI, which showed a “significant issue,” Alderson said.

The second baseman was removed from the game on Sunday with calf tightness. The Mets put him on the disabled list and called up 20-year-old Dilson Herrera from Double-A on Thursday.

If and when Murphy does his make his return to the team, Collins said his name will be on the lineup card.