Sandy Alderson says 3 weeks a more realistic estimate of David Wright's absence. Calls it mild strain. - @AdamRubinESPN
The New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies last night 6-5 in one of the more entertaining baseball games in recent memory. However, they saw Michael Cuddyer leave the game, after getting hit on the hand with a pitch, and David Wright remove himself from the game, after stealing 2nd base and pulling his hamstring. Mets manager Terry Collins said Wright's hamstring is a major problem.
This was supposed to be a night to remember for Mets fans and Matt Harvey fans, as the Dark Knight returned to Gotham, making his first home start since 2013. Harvey got the crowd in a frenzy prior to the first pitch and striking out the first two batters, before Chase Utley hit the first of his two home runs on the day.
Cuddyer would tie the game up in the bottom of the 1st with an RBI single, scoring Curtis Granderson. Granderson drew his MLB leading 10th walk of the season later in the game and despite hitting just .136 on the season, owns a .406 OBP as the Mets leadoff hitter. Granderson did pick up two hits last night.
Harvey would strike out two more Phillies in the 2nd, in a 1-2-3 inning and Lucas Duda made it a 4-1 Mets lead in the bottom half of the inning with a bases loaded double.
Utley would strike again in the 3rd inning, driving in Ben Revere on a single, cutting the Mets lead to 4-2. Cody Asche would later homer in the 4th inning, hitting an upper deck bomb.
Tempers flared in the 5th inning, starting with Harvey plunking Utley in the back on the first pitch after a visit from the pitching coach. It was retaliation for Cuddyer being hit in the 2nd. Utley understood it, and walked to first base. Ryan Howard came to bat with the tying run on third and Utley, the go-ahead run, at first. With 2 strikes, Travis d'Arnaud was called for catchers interference, loading the bases! Instant replay clearly showed this to be a phantom call, and it led to the ejection of Terry Collins.
Harvey got Carlos Ruiz to pop up to Wright to end the inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, Duda hit a leadoff double and scored on a d'Arnaud single, but home plate umpire Alfonzo Marques continued to have a terrible night, initially not making a call at all, and forcing Duda to go back to the plate and touch again before calling him safe. Replay showed he clearly slid across the plate initially and under Ruiz tag.
Harvey's day was done after a 1-2-3 7th inning that featured his 8th strikeout of the night.
Daniel Murphy homered in the bottom of the 7th, hitting the first home run over the new short porch in right field.
After Revere grounds out, Jeff Franceour took the first pitch from Jeurys Familia over the left field wall for a home run to start the 9th inning. Familia recovered and struck out the final two Phillies of the game...with Chase Utley on deck.