The Mets and Phillies engaged in a long, boring game Friday night at Citi Field. It took four hours to get through nine innings, but it wasn’t enough as the teams insisted on torturing us with extra innings. The Phillies finally put an end to things in the 11th inning, and now the Mets have a four-game losing streak.
After being shut out in their last two games, the Mets made sure early that bit would not be three in a row. Daniel Murphy and David Wright both singled with one out in the first. Curtis Granderson ripped a double into the right field corner to bring Murphy home. Chris Young was hit by a pitch to load the bases. But Josh Satin struck out and Wilmer Flores, just up from Vegas and starting at shortstop, flied out to end the inning.
The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the second, but Granderson flied out to right.
Domonic Brown tied the game at one in the third with an RBI single.
Jenrry Mejia started the fifth by plunking Chase Utley. With two outs he stole second (the poor throw by Travis d’Arnaud bounced off of Flores’s penis). Brown then singled to left to make it 2-1. That was all for Mejia, muttering to himself as he walked off the field. Daisuke Matsuzaka came in and loaded the bases, but he struck out Roberto Hernandez to end the inning.
Mejia threw 101 pitches over 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked three batters and struck out four.
The Mets blew another opportunity in the fifth. Granderson walked and Chris Young hit a double play ball to short. But Jimmy Rollins threw wide of second base and the ball landed in right field. So the Mets had runners on second and third with no outs. However, Satin and Flores struck out and d’Arnaud grounded out to squash the threat.
The Mets finally got the big hit in the eighth. Murphy walked with two outs and Wright connected with a long drive to left that one-hopped the wall. Brown played it poorly and Murphy came around to score to tie the game at two.
So it was off to extra innings. Carlos Torres was on the mound for the Mets in the 11th. Utley doubled with one out. Ryan Howard was intentionally walked to face old pal Marlon Byrd. Of course he singled to drive in Utley to make it 3-2. Brown was intentionally walked to load the bases. Carlos Ruiz struck out for the second out. Cody Asche flied out to end the inning.
Jonathan Papelbon came on in the bottom of the 11th for the save. Wright struck out. Granderson flied out to right. And Chris Young popped up to center to end the game.
Mets lose 3-2. Total running time? — 20 minutes short of five brutal hours.