Seven Home Runs And A Hat Trick From Cespedes, As Mets Bash The Phils, 14-4

By Paul DiSclafani

AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson

Entering the game hitting .154 with just one RBI on a solo home run, Yoenis Cespedes cranked up the volume with three home runs and five RBI in the Mets 14-4 thrashing of their favorite punching bag, the Phillies.  The First Place Mets (5-3), who love hitting at Citizens Bank Park, banged out a season high 20 hits, hit a total of seven home runs and have now won three straight.  Lucas Duda, who hit his first home run of the year yesterday, hit two more today.  Asdrubal Cabrera and Travid d’Arnaud hit their first homers of the year.

Cespedes hit a three-run home run in the first inning after Curtis Granderson walked leading off the game and Cabrera got the first of his four hits, a double.  Phillies starter Clay Buchholz (L, 0-1) was down 3-0 before he even got an out.

Matt Harvey (W, 2-0) was the recipient of the early lead, but the Mets tacked on runs in every one of the next five innings, building a 10-1 lead, before Harvey left the game with hamstring tightness after racing to cover first with two outs in the sixth.  Terry Collins said Harvey felt fine after the game, but will be evaluated tomorrow.

But this night belonged to hitters as they battered the Phillies pitchers.  Buchholz lasted just 7 outs, charged with six earned runs and giving up eight hits.  Adam Morgan was rocked for four home runs, two from Cespedes, and seven runs in his 3.2 Innings.

Jay Bruce, who hit two home runs last night, drove in two runs with a single in the second inning to up the Mets lead to 5-0.  D’Arnaud made it 6-1 with an RBI single in the third.  Cabrera and Cespedes went back to back leading off the fourth to make it 8-1.  Cespedes with a 450-foot monster made it 9-1 in the fifth and Duda hit his first of the night leading off the sixth to put the Mets in double digits, 10-1.  D’Arnaud went yard in the 8th to make it 12-1 and Duda finished things off in the ninth with a home run to make it 14-4.

Mets go for the sweep on Wednesday as Zach Wheeler (0-1) makes his second start after returning from TJ Surgery in 2014, facing Vince Velasquez (0-1).  Both pitchers got battered in their first starts of the season.

POSITIVES:  Cespedes is the 13th Met to hit three home runs in a game, but the first to do it twice … Mets had 20 hits, 14 of them were extra base hits … Cabrera, Cespedes and Duda all had four hits … Mets have hit seven or more home runs at Citizens Bank Park four times, hitting eight in 2015 … First time in Mets history that three Mets have had a single, double and home run in the same game (Cabrera, Cespedes and Duda) … Mets have hit 46 home runs in their last 21 games in Philadelphia … Duda’s home run in the sixth hit off the brick wall in center field, about 448 feet away … Every starter in the lineup had a hit, including Jose Reyes.  Unfortunately, he was 0-5 in his other AB’s …

NEGATIVES:  What can you complain about on a night they hit seven home runs?

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