Citi Recap: 8/29/14 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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What was the weather like?

Beautiful weather! Not a cloud in the sky! Temperatures hovered between the high 60s and low 70s.

Who pitched?

Jacob DeGrom pitched for the Mets, and David Buchanan pitched for the Phillies.

What was the final score?

The Mets won 4-1!

Were there any notable stats/events/plays?

-Dilson Herrera made his big league debut, after Daniel Murphy was placed on the DL. Herrera is the team’s 8th ranked prospect, who they acquired along with Vic Black in the trade that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh last August. He was playing phenomenally in the minors thus far this season, batting .340 with 10 HR and 48 RBI in 61 games with the Binghamton Mets.

-DeGrom went 7 full innings, allowing just 4 hits and 1 run (which was unearned), as well as striking out 5, on his way to his 7th victory of the season.

-In the bottom of the 7th, Juan Lagares hit a routine pop fly to the outfield, and Grady Sizemore, the left fielder, ran over for it, and the ball bounced off his mitt! Two runs scored on the play, and Eric Campbell got to third.

-While the next batter, Curtis Granderson, was at the plate, Eric Campbell stole home. He said this was the first time he stole home in his entire baseball career!

-Bullpen Appearances for Mets: Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless 8th inning, setting up for Mejia. Jennry Mejia struck out the side in the 9th inning to end the ballgame.

-Jennry Mejia earned his 20th save.

What were the scoring plays?

Phillies: (Top 7) Cody Asche singles to LF, Marlon Byrd scores.

Mets: (Bottom 4) Travis D’Arnaud singles to LF, David Wright scores. (Bottom 7) Juan Lagares pop fly to LF, error by Grady Sizemore, Matt Den Dekker scores, Wilmer Flores scores. (Bottom 7) With Curtis Granderson batting, Eric Campbells steals home.

How was the atmosphere?

It got very loud at certain parts of the game, and very, very silent at others. The 100s level was packed house, but the other levels didn’t look so full. Overall, it wasn’t a bad atmosphere, but I’ve seen much better at several games this season.

What did you eat?

Once again, I ate at Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House in the Delta Club. That steak sandwich is just so fricken’ good (and the fries are pretty good too!)…

Did you get any autographs?

I did! As soon as I got the game, which was around 5:30, I went to the very lower left corner of the Delta Club section, and that is right next to the away dugout. Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown each signed a baseball for me, and Darin Ruf signed my ticket. Around 6:50, my friends and I moved to the very lower RIGHT corner of the Delta Club section, which sets beside the Mets dugout. Anthony Recker signed the shirt that they gave away last night, and Tim Teufel signed my hat. This next one isn’t an autograph, but it’s a definite player interaction: my friends and I were sitting in the 3rd row, right behind the Mets’ on deck circle. Throughout the game, none of the players would as much as turn around and look at us, except for Curtis Granderson. We were having full, funny conversations with him throughout the game. He’s a really nice guy! Anyway, after the game ended, I moved right back over to the corner next to the Mets dugout and screamed for Dilson Herrera to sign. He motioned for me to throw him my ball and pen, and I did. He signed it, threw it back, and walked away. This was particularly awesome for 3 reasons: 1) It was his MLB debut and he’s a top of the line prospect; 2) He didn’t sign for anybody else in the stadium, all day; and 3) It is extremely rare that somebody signs after the game.

Any celebrities in attendance?

I didn’t notice/see any.

 

Overall, it was a great game! Had a lot of fun, and it was exciting seeing DeGrom pick up his 7th win and solidify his case for ROY even further. This is the 4th game that I’ve attended in which DeGrom pitched (I saw him against the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants, and now the Phillies), and he’s just so much fun to watch!

 

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