Game Recap: Mets 11, Phillies 2

Result: The Mets defeated the Phillies to end a five-game series in Philadelphia on Monday night, 11-2. Wilmer Flores had a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning for New York.



Need to Know: The Mets’ bats were alive, with the team recording ten hits to score 11 runs for its fourth victory against the Phillies in five games. Lucas Duda’s second-inning double sent in New York’s first run of the game, and doubles by both David Wright and Flores extended New York’s lead to 5-0 in the top of the sixth. Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard and Ben Revere sent in runs for the Phillies, but the Mets crossed home plate six times in the ninth, with aid of the Flores grand slam, to seal the win. Bartolo Colon had a strong performance in his seven innings on the mound, allowing six hits and two runs with five strikeouts for his fifth win.


Game Ball: Flores sent the ball flying deep over the left-field fence for a ninth-inning grand slam to extend the Mets’ lead by nine runs. The shortstop batted 2-for-5 with a career-high six RBIs in Monday night’s victory.


Links: AP Recap | Box score


What’s Next: The Mets will travel to Chicago to begin a three-game series against the Cubs on Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. Zack Wheeler will start for New York against Chicago’s Jake Arrieta.




157 comments
archer41
archer41

Feels great to be finally sticking it to the dirty Phils.  Nothing will wash away 2008, but I'll take what I can get.  No let up in Chicago, boys.  LGM!

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Anyone wanna bet that Flores sits two of three games at Chicago?  Last night was a wonderful evening. But I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Ryne Sandberg was also guilty of channeling his inner Terry Collins. How do you play the IF in against the Grandy-man--a strikeout or DP waiting to happen?  Another minor criticism: How do you bring in a guy with severe control issues with a runner on third and the game still in question, as TC did with Familia? I think every viewer in SNY Land knew exactly what was going to happen.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Lets hope the spark continues as we take on the Cubs. . . Lets Go Mets!

thjopr6986
thjopr6986

Did the author of this 'recap' even watch the game? Or just the last 20 minutes.

den Dekker should be getting the Game Ball.

What a disgrace.

Scrubs
Scrubs

What a satisfying win. All aspects of game clicking. My impulse is to get overly excited after a game like this. We need consistency. Without it, we're just a mediocre team.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

When Tejeda had his big day the other day it was a slight breath of fresh air after 2 years of horror. When Flores had his big day yesterday it was more a window into what the top prospect can do. Momentum is an important thing in baseball especially when you are a young player. If Flores isn't starting today then I have lost all hope in the baseball intuition of our management. 

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

was just thinking...folks we are stuck with Chris Young...at least in the short term.  He has no trade value, he has this stupid handshake deal with Sandy, and until the Mets get to the midway point in his contract it would be a terrible business move to release him and let him leave with a $4mil+ parting gift for doing next to nothing, and getting nothing in return.  Get used to seeing him....

drfrank
drfrank

d'arnaud has to get closer to the plate. They are pitching him on the outside corner and he keeps reaching and waving at it and hitting weak grounders to the infield. I can see him staying where he is now if he was hitting that outside pitch to rightfield but he is no doing tag then he has to get closer to the plate.

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

If we keep winning and are in the hunt with the crappy offense that we currently have, its probably gonna result in a trade for a LFer, SS or even 1B depending on what teams are out of the race. If the rockies keep falling behind like they are maybe cargo or tulo becomes available. Who would we give up for a high caliber player such as one of those? I believe if we had a power bat to add with our current pitching staff, we would legitimately have a chance to make the playoffs. I would like it to be a right handed bat since duda murphy and granderson are enough from the left side. How about d'arnaud, syndergaard, and montero for tulo. We'd still have gee coming back and harvey for next year. Harvey, gee, niese, degrom, wheeler next season. Plawecki catching next year maybe. Maybe trade murphy in the off season with colon for a first baseman if duda doesn't improve or for a left fielder and move flores to second.

Leif Granlind
Leif Granlind

Lot of encouraging signs from Travis since coming back from the Bay-like concussion. Maybe he draws a walk or something in the next couple of months or so.

monstah
monstah

Colon has pitched very well of late. Big fan of Bartolo - he looks like Fred Flinstone's older brother.

lindro88
lindro88

What a difference a decent bullpen makes. Tonight turned into a blowout, but at 5-1 Eveland and Familia did a great job keeping it right where it was. We've seen many games like tonight turn into a 12 inning loss.

Olerud42
Olerud42

Anyone else notice that Bobby Abreu has been excellent in his limited role? Lots of people griped about bringing him up, but he's been absolutely great so far. 

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

Great job Flores!

Now you get to look forward not playing again til Friday

#FireCollins

metsfan36
metsfan36

Good to see everything rolling lately. Pitching has been superb, and the offense has been good enough, which is all they really need it to be. They really only need 4 runs a night with this pitching to win 80% of their games. That's why capitalizing on runner on third less than one out and similar situations is key. But it's definitely fun to pour on runs every now and then like they did tonight.

semperfi
semperfi

Colon is starting to earn his keep, solid over last 3 starts, hope he keeps it rolling the rest of the year. Nice to see Flores have some success with the bat, needs to be out there 4-5 times per week to get consistent with the bat, 1-2 times for a 22 year old won't help in his development.Nice to see the adjustments made in the bullpen, without them this season could have turned into a disaster. This team has the pieces to make the playoffs this year but 2015 will have the pieces to really make some noise, they will have enough pitching depth to fill any positional needs and have the flexibility to grab a free agent or 2 if needed. 

Also, fun series against a terrible team.  Here's hoping it continues!

Starz31
Starz31

@thjopr6986 Grr...I'm so upset that a fictional game ball wasn't awarded to the player I wish earned it. What a disgrace! 

Flores finally had a big game with 6 RBIs. Let's not lose sleep over him winning this arbitrary title. 

dannym28
dannym28

@thjopr6986 yes, however i dont think cerrones game ball is meant to be taken that seriously. 

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@thjopr6986 . . .I agree, MDD was the star of the game, his catch set the tone for the game.

zoddie
zoddie

@mets2death  I won't.  Tejada is batting .417/.533/.583 over the last 14 days.  Yes, you read that right, he has a 1.117 OPS over the past 2 weeks.  He's possibly our hottest hitter.  I'm fine with starting either guy.


And how was the grand slam NOT icing on the cake?  That is a perfect analogy in this case.  The cake is already delicious (they were up 7-2).  The HR was the icing.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Zach Goeringer  I wouldn't be surprised. That home run might be what Flores needed to stop pressing. I thought the double was impressive. BTW, do you ever listen to Terry Collins post-game comments? The guy is an absolute freakin' idiot.

Starz31
Starz31

@C.K. Dexter Haven Well that and the reality that our best outfielder was just placed on the DL, and our 4th OFer is still on the DL for another week. So yeah, get used to seeing him because now he needs to play. 

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@C.K. Dexter Haven  If the guy isn't hitting, it doesn't matter if you release him and pay him $4MM for doing nothing. Bad Business - Yes. But if you continue to play him and he sucks, that is even worse business. Release him, and if the Mets are better and winning, it is the sort of an investment necessary to see the other young players progress. It's Granderson's contract that is going to be the problem.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Sure as hell looks that way doesn't it. I've been defending him all along but I find myself yelling at the tv for him to move closer to the plate. He never listens to me! Guess I need to yell louder

James
James

@Dave D'Agnese I think that is a deal neither side would do, no way the Rockies move Tulo and no way we bring on his contract nevermind trade Thor.

helloboy
helloboy

@Dave D'Agnese I still would like to see Flores more.  He has been better than I expected in the field and I think his offense may be coming around now. I do not mind riding him for the rest of the year and than trying to get Lowrie or Hardy or Cabrera without even giving up any prospects. 


Right now, my main concern is adding a professional, or at least a consistent extra base hit guy for the short term, preferably a corner OF spot.  

pimpinbell
pimpinbell

@Dave D'Agnese Tulo is the best player in the NL.  You'll need to give up Harvey if you want him. Prospects won't cut it. 

fakefans
fakefans

You forget the walk he drew with 2 outs ahead of Duda's HR two days ago? Meaningless, right?

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

Folks we've been lucky, but sooner rather than later his weaknesess will be exposed...he can barely chase a ball in the outfield; it's going to hurt us.  Much rather have him as a pinch hitter...great bat to bring off the bench during a crucial time.

lindro88
lindro88

People gripe about everything. Go down the page and people are still whining about the fact we didn't sign Nelson Cruz. Forget the fact Cruz wanted 80M when we he first hit the market and would never have signed a 1 yr 8 million dollar deal to hit in a bad lineup in a huge ballpark.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

It's the starting pitching and lately the bullpen that's keeping us in the hunt...offense is still an issue with CY, TRAVIS, DUDA and TEJADA...when you have those four in the lineup the chances of scoring runs are diminished significantly.

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Yup, Colin gets honerable mention for todays game. And so does den Dekker.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@Steven Matregrano @Zach Goeringer I don't really care what the FO thinks because it's clear they evaluate talent very differently than most baseball minds. Flores in the minors has hit .300 each of the last two years, has had over 75 rbi each of the last 3 years and was on pace for 110 rbi before getting called up last year. And as of now can add playing serviceable shortstop to his resume. Call him what you want but he is the best pure hitting prospect we have had since David Wright.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

He's also timid...he doesn't swing at the first pitch, yet for the most part it's been the best pitch to hit.  Don't understand it.

openmind6
openmind6

@Leif Granlind

Did you watch the game last night?

Starz31
Starz31

@mets2death @zoddie Wright's been hitting but Tejada has a hot bat right now. Don't let your hate of him blind you from reality, 

You could disagree but it's certainly not worth a sensationalist reply. 

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@Richard Alicea I think he could be buying into the get on base and clear the pitchers spot mentality of the 8th spot. That's not the the mentality you want a struggling young hitter to have. Maybe they should lift him in the lineup just for the sake of getting him to swing earlier in counts.

Josh Eppard
Josh Eppard

Duda has been solid. And he's heating up! People love to bash the guy but he has been pretty good. Hopefully he goes on a real power surge in Chicago to complement a damn fine series in Philly. His D is good as well. All I hear is "He's a butcher at 1st" and "He is an absolute liability in the field", and Here he is saving countless throwing errors and playing solid D for us. I personally like Duda. He's the DUDE!

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

I still have confidence in him...just needs a good jump start.  Like the way he goes to the opposite field which is a sign of a good hitter.  Just hope he can focus and start being the player we all believe he can be.