Remembering Mets History: (2016) Mets Score Season High 17 Runs & Take Over Top Wild Card Spot

Sunday September 25th 2016: 
Terry Collins Mets (82-73) had a rough week losing four of six as they were fighting for a wild card spot with the Giants & Cardinals.

Today they hosted Pete Mackanin's fourth place Phillies (70-85) in a matinee at Citi Field in front of 35,093 hungry Mets fans.

With a tired bullpen to go along with a battered rotation the Mets sent Young Rober Gsellman (2-2) to the mound to face Jake Thompson (3-5)

The Mets got what they needed from the young Robert Gsellman, as he pitched seven shutout innings where he allowed just three hits & struck out his season high eight batters.

He also retired 16 of the final 18 batters he faced. He even got his first MLB hit when he bunted safely in the 3rd inning.

Quotes-Terry Collins: We needed one of those. Our bullpen was shot. So, it was nice to be able to have comfortable innings at the end of the game."

Largest Shut Out In Team History: The Mets provided Gsellman with plenty of offense, as they scored a season high 17 runs in their biggest shut out in team history, by the margin of 17 runs.

This was the day after a tough 10-8 loss on Saturday night, where they just fell short coming from ten runs down 

Trivia: This game was on the day after the tragic death of Miami Marlin's young pitcher Jose Fernandez. Both teams lined up before the game to honor the pitcher. The Mets Yoenis Cespedes taped a Mets jersey with Fernandez name & number on the back in the team's dug out.

In the 2nd inning, James Loney drove in Jay Bruce with the Mets first run. In the 4th Curtis Granderson hit his 30th HR of the season, a solo shot giving him just his 56th RBI one of the lowest margins for a player with thirty HRs in MLB history.
Since August 30th, 2015, Granderson had hit 10 HRs with 20 RBIs.

Also in the inning James Loney singled & the Phillies pitcher Jake Thompson helped out when he walked Jose Reyes with the bases loaded making it 3-0.

In a wacky 5th inning, the Phils helped out again, as Phil Klein issued walks Yoenis Cespedes & Curtis Granderson. Jay Bruce narrowly missed a HR as it ended up being a long single, loading up the bases. 

Next T.J. Riveria singled bringing in Cespedes. Then the pitcher Phil Klein hit Rene Riveria on the wrist with a pitch scoring Granderson making it 5-0.

Colton Murray came on to pitch, he threw a wild pitch to score Bruce with the sixth run. 

In the 7th, TJ Rivera was hit by a pitch, Rene Rivera singled & rookie Brandon Nimmo walked to load the bases. Murray was gone & Frank Herrmann came into pitch.

He walked Jose Reyes with the bases loaded to make it 7-0 Mets.

The big blow came when Asdrubal Cabrera hit his third career grand slam, way over the right field fence to give the Mets an 11-0 lead. It was Cabrera's 23rd HR of the season, two shy of his career high.

The Mets weren't done yet, they plated six more runs in the 8th inning, sending ten men to the plate.

Gavin Cecchini led off getting hit by a pitch. With two outs, Rene Riveria singled & Brandon Nimmo walked to load the bases. Jose Reyes who was in the middle of lots of scoring today, then doubled to left field bringing in two more runs. 13-0 Mets.

Eric Campbell came through with a pinch-hit single bringing in Nimmo & Reyes making it 15-0. 
After Ty Kelly walked, Michael Conforto came in to pinch hit & delivered a double bringing in the final two runs.

As the Giants & Cards both loss the Mets once again took lead of the top wild card spot in the NL.

Quotes- Noah Syndergaard: "It really kind of sunk in today that it was the last regular-season homestand. I think you could tell the energy out there. But we don't want it to be the last game played here this season."


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