Mets sweep Phillies 5-4, Wheeler gets 1st win since 2014
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 10:48
"Terrible", Velasquez said. "The first two starts is not the way to go".
Michael Cabrera pulled a line drive two-run single inside of Tommy Joseph at first to give the Mets a 4-0 bulge and Yoenis Cespedes followed with a sacrifice fly putting the Phils in a five-run hole.
Mets relievers Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas got them to the ninth inning, where Addison Reed notched his third save filling in as closer for the suspended Jeurys Familia.
With the Mets up 5-0, Wheeler got the first out in the sixth before giving up back-to-back singles then loading the bases with two outs.
"They like to hit here", Mets manager Terry Collins said after the 14-4 win on Tuesday. Deferring to the veteran's desire to hit his way out of his season-opening slump, Collins kept Reyes in the lineup the last two games, though he was moved to the seventh slot.
"Maybe skipping a game, maybe that is a good thing, to give me a day off, even if I think the other way".
"I don't want any days off at this point, but you know, he's the skip so I'll take it", Reyes said. Conforto ran the ballpark, again scoring off a Cespedes double in the first inning.
Cespedes: One night after crushing three home runs, Cespedes went 1-for-2 with an RBI-double and a walk. He unraveled a bit in the fifth inning with his team already trailing 2-0. He fell behind 0-2 in the count before driving a 1-2 fastball the opposite way to left-center.
NOTES: The Mets have hit a home run in eight consecutive games and have 12 home runs in their last four games. Three of those hits were due to a seemingly unstoppable Cespedes, who became the first player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game on two occasions.
The Mets have won 15 of their last 17 series against the Phillies and are 29-12 against Philadelphia since the start of 2015.
Phillies: An MRI on RHP Clay Buchholz revealed a partial tear of the right flexor pronator mass.
Up next The Phillies are off Thursday before playing three games this weekend at Nationals Park. The Queens team - perhaps chastened by its lackluster performance against the Miami Marlins - made Citizens Bank Park its own, blowing out their rivals over the course of three games.
Mackanin wasn't a fan of Velasquez's 100 pitch fifth inning.
Friday at 4:05: Aaron Nola (1-0, 4.50) vs. Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 3.21) Saturday at 1:05: Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 0.90) vs.