Friday, August 28, 2015

>>>>>>The Return Of David Wright

Fresh off scoring 33 runs in a three game sweep at Colorado the Mets slugged their way back from a 7-2 deficit in the 
"Return Of David Wright Game".

This was a legendary game. It really was.
Just to top it off no more than five Mets had ever homered in the same game before. Both teams combined for 11 long balls tieing a National League record last accomplished 36 years ago in 1979.

This entire winning streak has been unreal.
My brother and his wife went to the game on a beautiful night in Philadelphia, August 25 2015. He agreed to write up a first hand report of his experience.


Our First New York Mets Game for the 2015 Season
By Wayne F

After living in Northeast Philadelphia (Bensalem) since 2011 my wife and I finally decided to see a Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park.  It was on Monday, August 24th 2015.  Of course, the Phillies were playing our beloved New York Metropolitans.  It was a beautiful, somewhat warm night for baseball.  We were impressed by Citizens Bank Park.  We had heard nothing but good things about experiencing a game at this venue.  

The Mets had last season’s Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom on the mound.  He was opposing the Phillies’ Adam Morgan.  Unfortunately, DeGrom did not have a good night.  In fact, it was the worst and shortest outing of his career to this point.  He gave up seven runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings.  

He surrendered a three-run home run to Ryan Howard in the first inning and home runs to Cameron Rupp in the second and Domonic Brown in the 3rd.  But, as if the baseball gods had been looking down on Citizens Bank Park, in the top of the second inning David Wright came to the plate.
Wright hadn’t swung a bat in a regular game since mid-April.  He had a 1-1 count and his first swing since coming off the disabled list was planted in the left field second deck for a long home run.  
The Mets faithful, of which there were hundreds if not thousands, at a ballpark on the road, rose to their feet and cheered for David Wright as if we were at Citi Field. 

After three innings the Mets were trailing the Phillies 7-2. In what I had thought was a wise move, DeGrom had been replaced on the mound by manager Terry Collins with Sean Gilmartin.  Shortly after this change told my brother that “if Gilmartin could hold, the Mets could win this thing”. It turned out to be an accurate statement.  In fact, Gilmartin, Hansel Robles, Eric O’Flaherty, and Carlos Torres shut down the Phils for the remainder of the game.

The Mets began their onslaught in the top of the fourth inning.  From the fourth on, they hit homer after homer.  The BIG hit came in the 5th inning from Wilmer Flores.

With the score at 7-5 in favor of the Phillies, Flores came up with 2 men on.  Having already hit a home run in the 4th inning, Flores cracked a three-run homer to put the Mets up for good at 8-7.

Being in an opposing stadium (didn’t even wear my Mets apparel, for shame), I was rather subdued in my reaction to the Mets offensive output in the first four innings.  But Flores’ home run got me up out of my seat cheering for the amazins.  The Mets had scored 6 unanswered runs and would proceed to score 8 more before all was said and done.  Final score was 16-7!

We witnessed Mets history and MLB history.  Our Mets established a new franchise record for one game with 8 home runs, 15 extra-base hits, and 51 total bases.  The two teams tied an NL record for total home runs in one game (11) and for the first time in baseball history 10 different players hit at least one home run.  

Of course, I realized all these little factoids after I got home. 

In my memory, of the Mets games I’ve attended over the last 40 years, this was the highest scoring and most hits (20) I’ve had the pleasure to witness.  I’m glad my wife Pam was with me to share in Mets history.
It is without a doubt the best game I’ve ever been to in person.  I will not soon forget this


Dave was kinda slow in the field on his return. But by the last game of the series he looked like he was totally up to speed.


> The Mets hit 7 home runs in Philadelphia on April 19, 2005, the former team record.

> The old record for extra base hits was 13 at Arizona on August 24, 2005.

> New Yorks previous team record for total bases in a game was 44 in the same 2005 game against the Diamondbacks

> deGrom's ERA went from 1.98 to 2.29.


Thanks Wayne, for that report from Citizens Ballbox.
Photography by
Drew Hallwell
Lori M. Nichols
Pamela Fottrell

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