New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce single-handedly beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
The New York Mets offense has been abysmal for multiple games. They have been unable to get anything going at the plate, a big reason they hit the skids and went on a losing streak.
The Mets had a rough weekend against the Miami Marlins. After winning the 16-inning marathon last Thursday, a losing streak ensued. The Marlins took the three remaining games over the weekend. The Mets then lost the first game of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
In those four losses, the Mets managed to score only 10 runs. There are a lot of players struggling right now in the lineup. Veterans Curtis Granderson and Jose Reyes are both batting under .200; Reyes is under .100. It is difficult to manufacture runs when integral parts are struggling that much.
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Against the Phillies in the second game of the series on Wednesday things were not going well again. But, Jay Bruce was there to save the day. Bruce was a one-man wrecking crew against the Phillies, single-handedly defeating Philadelphia by himself.
The Mets had five runs and eight hits in the game; Bruce was responsible for all of those runs and three of the hits. Bruce went 3-for-5 in the game, launching two home runs with one double, and five RBI.
Bruce gave the Mets their first lead in the sixth inning, hitting a three-run homer. The Phillies scored two runs off Robert Gsellman before that and a third in the top of the eighth inning that was also credited to Gsellman.
The game was not tied for long. Bruce would hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, putting the Mets ahead for good.
It was a much-needed performance for the Mets, as it snapped their four-game losing streak. But, everything was not good for the Mets in the game. Two starters, catcher Travis d’Arnaud and first baseman Lucas Duda, were forced from the game because of injury.
Duda left in the fifth inning with a hyperextended left elbow. d’Arnaud was forced from the game in the seventh inning with a right wrist contusion. If they are forced to miss time an already anemic Mets offense will suffer even more.