Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Harvey's return part of wild win for Mets over Phillies

Matt Harvey delivered another six quality innings Tuesday in his first home start since 2013, leading the Mets to a chaotic, 6-5 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.
Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected and Harvey received a warning for plunking Chase Utley, who paced the Phillies with two home runs and three RBIs. But the Mets outslugged the Phillies on the night, knocking starter David Buchanan out of the game in the fifth.
The Mets, who won their third game in a row to improve to 5-3, will look for a sweep in Wednesday's series finale. But they will almost certainly be playing without third baseman David Wright, who could be headed to the disabled list after straining his right hamstring in the eighth inning.
"You take some positives out of today, and you take a look at some things and say, 'Whoa, I haven't seen that before,'" Wright said. "It was a fun, weird day for us as a team. Whatever happens with me, we're still going to be a good team. I still expect us to go out there and win games."
For Philadelphia, Utley's three-hit game and Jeff Francoeur's solo home run in the ninth were bright spots. But the Phillies still came up short for the fifth time in eight games. More >
Matt gets angry: Never lacking in brashness, Harvey put his mettle on display throughout six innings of three-run ball. Striking out five of the first seven batters he faced, Harvey stranded two men on base in the third inning and left them loaded in the fifth. He received a warning that inning from home-plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after plunking Utley, who was 2-for-2 at the time and snapped a career-high 175 at-bat homerless streak with his first-inning homer off of Harvey.
"Obviously I came out pretty strong," said Harvey, who improved to 2-0. "I think as the game went on, pitches were kind of creeping over the middle. Unfortunately today, it was a couple bad pitches that caught too much of the plate, and they were able to get the best of me." More >
Confusion at Citi: Half an inning after Buchanan plunked Wilmer Flores andMichael Cuddyer on their left hands, knocking Cuddyer out of the game with a bruise, umpires ruled that Harvey hit Freddy Galvis with a pitch. Collins attempted to call for a replay review, contending that the ball did not actually hit Galvis, but umpires determined from a rules check that the play could not be challenged. The Mets paid for it a batter later, when Utley singled home the Phillies' second run. Two innings after that, Marquez ejected Collins for arguing a catcher's interference call. More >
Buchanan's struggles continue: Buchanan is still looking for his first solid start of the season. He lasted just three innings in his season debut last week, then allowed nine hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings. He allowed four of those runs in his first two innings. "I've got to get better," Buchanan said. "That's pretty much all there is to it."
Phillies finally show some pop: The Phillies hit two home runs in their first seven games, but hit four Tuesday. Utley hit two, Cody Asche hit one in the fourth inning and Francoeur hit one in the ninth inning. "A guy like that you don't get too many pitches to hit," Asche said about Harvey. "When you do you have to get the barrel to it."
"Yeah, I guess. That's how baseball works, as [crummy] as it might be." --Asche, on if he figured a Phillies player would be hit by a pitch after Buchanan hit two Mets players on the hands with pitches
The Mets and Phillies each hit home runs that would not have cleared Citi Field's outfield fence a year ago. In the seventh inning, Daniel Murphy hit a shot to right-center that landed just beyond the renovated fence, which the Mets pushed in over the winter for the second time in three years. Half an inning later, Utley hit his second home run to a similar spot. More >
The Phillies lost a challenge in the fifth inning when they thought Carlos Ruiztagged Lucas Duda before he touched home plate. It took 1 minute, 24 seconds for replay officials to confirm that Duda's right leg touched the plate without Ruiz applying a tag.
Mets: With Harvey Day come and gone, the Mets will turn to left-hander Jon Niese for their 7:10 p.m. ET finale against the Phillies at Citi Field. Niese took a no-decision last time out in Atlanta, giving up one run in five innings.
Phillies: Right-hander Jerome Williams promised he would fix the problems that ailed him at the end of Spring Training and he appeared to follow through with a strong showing Friday against the Nationals. The trick will be repeating that success in Wednesday's series finale against the Mets at Citi Field.

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