Ruben Amaro, Jr. may have dominated your headlines, Twitters, Facebooks and general interwebs Tuesday, but there was still a baseball game to be played at Citi Field, believe it or not.
I mean, the guy did raise the threat level of the site today to red (see Twitter for more details). But we're all still alive, somehow, and we have apparently survived.
Oh, that baseball game.
This affair belonged to Jacob deGrom and the Mets for a full seven innings, but your favorite scrappy bunch of Fightin' Francoeurs were not about to go quietly into the night. In the end, however, the Mets tripped up the Phillies by a 5-4 final in 10 innings.
deGrom looked nearly unhittable for seven innings, keeping the zeroes on the board and hitters off-balanced. Jerome Williams struggled to match deGrom, but did deliver a quality start, going six innings and allowing three runs, all three coming in the third inning.
It was needed after Severino Gonzalez's short Monday outing, along with the recent general ineffectiveness of Jake Diekman and Justin De Fratus.
The Phillies finally got to deGrom in the 8th after being dominated by him for the first seven frames. Just as I was about to call for an eight game suspension of deGrom for owning that hair, the Phillies' bats woke up.
With one out, Carlos Ruiz singled to right field. Cesar Hernandez followed with a single of his own. After a pitching change brought Hansel Robles into the game, Ben Revere tripled home Ruiz and Hernandez. Freddy Galvis, who has not swung the hottest bat as of late, singled to tie the game, and the Phillies knotted things up faster than you can say, "Jerry from Queens." Another pitching change brought Alex Torres into the game.
deGrom's line closed with the right-hander delivering 7 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs. He did not walk anyone and struck out nine, but failed to pick up the victory.
The eighth continued as Chase Utley stroked a single to right with one out, bringing Galvis around to third. Ryan Howard struck out looking for the second out of the inning, but Maikel Franco's two-out RBI single bounced through the left side and inched the Phillies in front 4-3.
Ken Giles' eighth inning went south quickly. They say looks kill, but I'd argue leadoff walks kill, too. Lucas Duda reached on said leadoff walk, and Daniel Murphy rocketed a double down the right field line to give the Mets two men in scoring position to begin the frame. Despite some attempted hijinks from Jeff Francoeur in the corner, Duda was not waved home.
Duda did score on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4-4, but Maikel Franco was the true savior of the inning, retiring Darrell Ceciliani with an inning-ending barehand beauty on a roller up the third base line. Dare we say shades of Michael Jack? At the very least, it appears we can say we have a more legitimate defensive third baseman than Cody Asche, so that's encouraging.
Things came to a sudden end for the Phillies in the bottom half of the 10th inning. Jeanmar Gomez allowed a leadoff single to Juan Lagares, and Elvis Araujo entered to face Duda. Duda walked, putting runners on first and second with nobody out.
A much-needed double play ball off the bat of Daniel Murphy gave the Phillies a sliver of breathing room, but Lagares did advance to third on the play. After a Michael Cuddyer walk, Wilmer Flores looped a ball into left field, almost too perfectly placed, plating Lagares to give the Mets a 5-4 victory.
The Phillies' six-game winning streak now seems like a thing of the distant past. They have lost three games in a row, and own the worst run differential in the Majors.
Now back to your regularly scheduled Ruben Amaro bashing.