Good news and bad news out of the Mets home opener — they easily won they game, but they may have lost Jacob deGrom to injury.
The Mets got on the board in the second — a deGrom ground out plated the first run.
The Phillies tied it up in the sixth, which turned out to be deGrom’s final inning. He left with what is being called right lat tightness. We should soon learn if it will cause him to lose time. deGrom allowed the one run on five hits, with six strikeouts and no walks before being forced out of the game after just 76 pitches.
The Mets answered right back in the bottom of the sixth to get the win for the soon-to-be father. Lucas Duda led off with a double and scored on a Neil Walker single to break the tie. Michael Conforto then doubled to score Walker to make it a 3-1 game. He went to third on the throw home, but was stranded there.
It didn’t matter because the Mets broke the game open in the seventh. David Wright walked with one out. Yoenis Cespedes singled, sending Wright to third. Duda walked to load the bases. Walker singled to score one run and then it was Conforto again, singling to right to drive in two more runs. With two outs Travis d’Arnaud singled to make it 7-1.
Jim Henderson pitched a perfect seventh and Hansel Robles, fresh off his two-game quick pitch suspension, came on for the eighth. With one out, Wright committed a throwing error to allow a baserunner. Two singles later, it was 7-2 and Robles was gone. Jerry Blevins came in with runners on first and second. Odubel Herrera hit a pop fly near the mound. The infield fly rule was called, but the wind blew the ball away from Wright. Herrera was out anyway, but Cesar Hernandez took off from first, apparently not understanding the rule (like many fans!). He was tagged out in a rundown for the inning-ending double play.
Antonio Bastardo made his Mets debut in the ninth, looking good with two strikeouts to close out the game.
Mets win 7-2.