Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Mets' deGrom leaves in 7th after getting hit by batted ball

Mets' deGrom leaves in 7th after getting hit by batted ball

X-rays were negative, and the team said deGrom had a bruised triceps.

Nick Pivetta is learning what so many other young pitchers have learned before him: It doesn't matter how hard you throw. Seth Lugo gave up five runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out eight over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision.

The injury-ravaged Mets already are without starters Noah Snydergaard (right lat tear), Matt Harvey (stress injury to right shoulder) and Zack Wheeler (stress reaction in right arm).

Wilmer Flores finished a triple shy of the cycle, Neil Walker had four hits with a homer, and Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson also went deep as the Mets continued their power surge at Citizens Bank Park.

NY is 1-6 in Matz's last 7 starts and 8-1 in their last 9 road games against a team with a losing home record while the under is 6-1 in Matz's last 7 division starts. Pivetta baffled the Mets in NY on July 2, however, giving up only one hit - a solo shot to T.J. Rivera - over seven innings to get the win.

The Phillies spotted Pivetta a three-run first-inning, but he spoiled the lead.

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Conforto hit his second home run in as many days and his fourth homer and his sixth RBI in his last six games. Nola has allowed 10 runs and 16 hits in nine innings against the Mets.

Notable: Odubel Herrera hit his 35 double of the season in the first inning for his 50th extra-base hit this season. He went 0-for-2 with a walk in his Phillies debut, a 10-0 loss to the Mets in the opener of the four-game series.

Marlins 6, Rockies 3 • Giancarlo Stanton hit his major league-leading 40th home run as Miami beat visiting Colorado. He did play the outfield in college. Daulton's No. 10 was written in the dirt behind the catcher's box.

NY has thoroughly outplayed the Phillies in this series, however the Mets have struggled with Matz on the mound. The Mets have an opening for some playing time after trading outfielder Jay Bruce to Cleveland on Wednesday night.

"It's always command", manager Pete Mackanin said. Altherr (strained right hamstring) went on the DL on Saturday. Phillies top prospect Rhys Hoskins drew a walk in two official at-bats in his major-league debut, but it was one of the few bright spots for the team with the worst record in the majors (42-70), which had won three straight following a five-game losing streak. Now the question is whether Smith's home run production was a result of the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League or a transformation in his swing. Michael Conforto led off the second with a solo shot and Yoenis Cespedes (nine homers in 17 games at Citizens Bank Park) had a three-run home run in the third to give NY a 4-3 lead.

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