Jon Niese allowed six runs in five innings and Bobby Parnell, Eric O’Flaherty, and Carlos Torres combined to allow eight runs in the sixth inning as the Mets lost to the Phillies, 14-8, on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
However, the Nationals lost to the Cardinals, so the Mets remained 6 1/2 games up in the NL East…
Steven Matz will start on Saturday in Miami in place of Noah Syndergaard, with the Mets conserving Syndergaard’s innings. Syndergaard will reenter the rotation during the next turn, at which time they’ll go to a six-man rotation.
The Mets promoted Eric Campbell, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Eric Young, Jr., and Kevin Plawecki, and activated Steven Matz, Bobby Parnell, and Erik Goeddel from the disabled list, as MLB rosters expanded to include any player on the 40-man roster.
To make room on the 40-man roster, Vic Black and Danny Muno were outrighted off the roster, cleared waivers, and were reassigned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Low-A Mets SS Luis Guillorme of the Savannah Sand Gnats was named the MVP of the South Atlantic League.
What’s on tap for Wednesday, September 2
The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Phillies on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.
Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.48 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Aaron Nola (5-1, 3.26 ERA) for Philadelphia.
For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation. Thanks to Yoenis Cespedes’s home run in yesterday’s home game against the Phillies, Citi is donating another $2,000 to an NYC community partner.
Visit mets.com/citi to see this season’s grand total to date.
Steven Matz will start in place of Noah Syndergaard on Saturday in Miami against the Marlins.
Matz was activated prior to Tuesday’s game and will fill in on Saturday in order for the Mets to conserve Syndergaard’s innings.
After the next turn through the rotation, Syndergaard will reenter as the Mets go to a six-man rotation.
Syndergaard has thrown 152 innings so far this season after throwing 137 in 2014.
Matz, who has been out since July 5 due to a strained lat, has thrown 119 innings so far this season.
Yoenis Cespedes crushes a homer to left against Aaron Harang, bringing the Mets to within two against the Phillies in the fifth inning. >> Watch here
Kelly Johnson singles on a line drive to center, scoring Travis d’Arnaud for the Mets’ first run in the fifth against the Phillies. >> Watch here
Ruben Tejada robs Darin Ruf of a single up the middle for the first out of the top of the second inning against the Phillies. >> Watch here
To read post-game reports from the team’s beat writers, check out MLB.com, Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Bergen Record, ESPN, Newsday and NJ.com.
Tuesday’s minor league recaps…
2B Dilson Herrera hit his ninth Triple-A home run of the season leading off the bottom of the 1st inning in the 51s 8-7 win over El Paso. It was Herrera’s second homer in the last two days and one of his two hits in the game. He also reached on a walk and scored three times.
RHP Logan Verrett had a poor outing, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. He struck out six and did not walk a batter but gave up three home runs >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
Jon Niese and the bullpen struggled mightily as the Mets lost to the Phillies, 14-8, on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
With the Mets trailing, 6-4, in the top of the sixth inning, Bobby Parnell, Eric O’Flaherty, and Carlos Torres combined to allow eight runs on three hits and four walks as the Phillies extended their lead to 14-4. The Mets also made two errors during the frame, one coming on a throwing error by Parnell.
Travis d’Arnaud‘s RBI single in the sixth inning and a run-scoring single by Daniel Murphy in the seventh inning cut the lead to 14-6. Wilmer Flores hit an RBI single in the eighth as the Mets drew within 14-7 and Michael Conforto‘s sacrifice fly in the ninth cut the lead to 14-8.
Niese put the Mets in a 5-0 hole in the third inning, allowing run-scoring singles to Darnell Sweeney and Jeff Francoeur before surrendering a three-run home run to Darin Ruf. A two-out, RBI double by Ruf in the fifth increased Philadelphia’s lead to 6-0.
The Mets got four runs back in the fifth as Kelly Johnson delivered a pinch-hit RBI single, Curtis Granderson hit an RBI ground out, and Yoenis Cespedes swatted a two-run homer to cut the lead to 6-4.
Addison Reed made his Mets debut in the eighth, tossing a perfect inning, while striking out one.
Erik Goeddel made his first appearance since June, working a perfect ninth.
The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Phillies on Wednesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.48 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Aaron Nola (5-1, 3.26 ERA) for Philadelphia.
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets’ loss to the Phillies on Tuesday night.
The Mets have called up Eric Campbell, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Eric Young Jr. and Kevin Plawecki as the active roster expanding to 40 players, the team announced.
The team also activated Steven Matz, Bobby Parnell and Erik Goeddel from the disabled list.
The Mets now have 32 players on the roster, and can expand to 40 players if they so choose.
To make room on the 40-man roster, Vic Black and Danny Muno were outrighted. Both players cleared waivers and were sent back to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Black has dealt with a shoulder injury this year and struggled for Triple-A Las Vegas, posting a 7.94 ERA while walking 24 batters in 22 2/3 innings.
The Mets (73-58) continue their three-game series against the Phillies (52-80) on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Jon Niese (8-9, 3.95 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Aaron Harang (5-14, 4.79 ERA) for Philadelphia.
|1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
||1. Darnell Sweeny (S) CF
|2. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
||2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
|3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
||3. Aaron Athlerr (R) LF
|4. David Wright (R) 3B
||4. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF
|5. Michael Conforto (L) LF
||5. Darin Ruf (R) 1B
|6. Michael Cuddyer (R) 1B
||6. Andres Blance (S) 3B
|7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
||7. Carlos Ruiz (R) C
|8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
||8. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
|9. Jon Niese (L) P
||9. Aaron Harang (R) P
Niese Notes: Niese has thrown 12 quality starts out of his last 15 outings. He is 5-1 with a 4.01 ERA since July 1. The Mets are 7-3 in his last 10 starts. Niese is 5-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his last 8 starts against the Phillies.
Harang Notes: Harang is 0-3 with an 8.04 ERA in his past five starts. This will be his fourth time facing the Mets this season, the previous two match ups were also against Niese. He is 0-2 with a 3.79 ERA in his first three outings against the Mets. Harang is tied for the Major League lead with 14 losses this season.
Phillies Notes: The Phillies have lost 13 of 14 games against the Mets this season. Carlos Ruiz is a career .324 hitter against Niese. Cesaer Hernandez had two hits in the series opener last night.
Mets Notes: The Mets have a 10-game winning streak against the Phillies. Daniel Murphy batted .311 and hit a league-high 11 doubles in the month of August. Curtis Granderson is hitting .353 with three homers, eight RBIs and 13 runs in his past 12 games. Michael Conforto has hit .381 with five doubles and three home runs in his last 15 games. Tyler Clippard has allowed only one run in 18 appearances since joining the Mets.