New York Mets Complete Sweep Of Philadelphia Phillies In First Home Series Of Season


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New York Mets Pull Off Sweep Against Philadelphia Phillies In First Series Of 2015 At Citi Field 

The New York Mets were able to pull off a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, pulling into a first place tie with the Atlanta Braves with a 6-3 record. The Mets are now on a four game winning streak, and so good so far without David Wright in the lineup, who was placed on the 15-day DL earlier in the day with a pulled hamstring.

Things got off to a rocky start for the Mets, as Mets killer Chase Utley wasted no time getting the Phillies on the board with an RBI groundout in the top of the first inning, scoring Odubel Herrera. That would be all the Phillies managed to plate on the evening, as they were held at bay the remainder of the evening by Jon Niese.

Niese didn’t have a dominant game by any stretch, but he was able to contain the Phillies offense. He managed only a single 1-2-3 inning, but the Phillies were never able to put anything together even though they had nine hits and two walks off Niese in 6 ⅓ innings. He only gave up the one run though, striking out four as well.

On the season, Niese is now sporting a nice 1.59 ERA in 11 ⅔ innings despite giving up 16 hits and four walks for an unsightly 1.76 WHIP. That is something he will have to lower, as things will eventually even out. Until that happens, the Mets will just have to hope he continues working out of whatever jams he puts himself in as he has thus far.

The Torres duo would come in and finish things off in relief of Niese. First it was Carlos Torres tossing the final ⅔ of the seventh inning. After allowing a double and infield single to start the inning, Niese struck out Utley and was relieved by C. Torres. He needed only two pitches to end the inning, inducing an inning and threat ending double play off the bat of former Met Jeff Francoeur.

Alex Torres then came in to finish the eighth and ninth innings without much of a problem. Since a disastrous Mets debut in Washington against the Nationals, A. Torres has two consecutive scoreless outings, pitching three shutout innings.

Like the Phillies, the Mets had base runners seemingly all night. Jerome Williams, Justin De Fratus and Dustin McGowan allowed 12 hits and five walks combined. The Mets went only 2-13 with men in scoring position, but they did just enough at the plate to score more than the Phillies.

The Mets would score all of their runs between the second and sixth inning, scoring at least one run in each inning. Juan Lagares started the scoring with an RBI single scoring Eric Campbell. The next run came off the bat of Travis d’Arnaud, as he continued his hot start to the season launching his first home run.

In the fourth inning Niese helped his own cause, getting an RBI single, knocking in Lagares. Lucas Duda then hit his first home run of the season in the fifth inning. He would not be done, as he added an RBI double in the sixth inning that scored d’Arnaud.

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In between Duda’s RBI, the Mets got another run courtesy of a Cody Asche error in the fifth inning. He made a poor throw on a Campbell ground ball, allowing Cuddyer to score.

The Mets handled their business against the Phillies, picking up a solid sweep of their division rivals. They will have an important series next against the Miami Marlins starting Thursday night.

The Mets and Marlins are expected to each challenge for a Wild Card spot, so their matchups throughout the season will be important. The first one will see Dillon Gee take the rubber for the Mets, and be opposed by the Marlins’ Jarred Cosart.

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