Saturday, October 1, 2016

The New York Mets clinch at least a tie for the wild card with victory over the Philadelphia Phillies

The New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.  The game took place at Citizens Ban Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the final score was 5-1.  Robert Gsellman started for the Mets and pitched well and the bullpen did their job.  Jay Bruce led the offense with three hits and three RBI. 

Gsellman pitched six innings giving up seven hits and a run with a walk and seven strikeouts.  He won his fourth game of the season.  Fernando Salas pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts, Addison Reed pitched a perfect inning striking out the side and Jeurys Familia pitched an inning walking one and striking out two. 

Alec Asher pitched six innings giving up five hits and three runs with no walks and four strikeouts.  He lost his first game of the season.  Michael Mariot pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up two hits and two runs with a strikeout, Joely Rodriguez pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout and Luis Garcia pitched an inning giving up a hit. 

Jose Reyes had a hit, Yoenis Cespedes had a hit and an RBI and Curtis Granderson had a hit and drew a walik.  Bruce had three hits and three RBI, TJ Rivera had a hit and an RBI and Rene Rivera had a hit.  Alejando De Aza had a hit, Bruce hit a homerun and the Mets were 3-7 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. 

Cesar Hernandez had a hit, Freddy Galvis had a hit and Odubel Herrera had a hit.  Maikel Franco had a hit, Ryan Howard had a hit and Cameron Rupp had two hits and an RBI.  Aaron Altherr drew two walks, Howard hit a double and the Phillies were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.  Altherr committed an error. 

In the second Rupp hit a sac fly to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.  In the fourth Bruce hit an RBI single to tie the game at one.  In the fourth T.J. Rivera hit an RBI single giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.  In the seventh Bruce hit a solo homerun to push the lead to 3-1.  In the eighth Cespedes hit a pop up that was a force out and a run scored to make it 4-1.  Bruce hit an RBI single in the eighth and it was 5-1 Mets which was the final score. 

The two teams will play game two of three on Saturday afternoon.   

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