Bautista drives in 7, Mets set record in 24-4 win over Phils

Bautista drives in 7, Mets set record in 24-4 win over Phils

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New York Mets’ Jose Bautista, center, high-fives Wilmer Flores after Bautista hit a grand slam during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jose Bautista hit a grand slam and had a career-high seven RBIs and the New York Mets set a franchise record for runs, forcing the Phillies to use two position players for the final three innings of a 24-4 victory in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.

Corey Oswalt (2-2) allowed four solo homers in six innings, Amed Rosario hit a leadoff homer and had three RBIs and the Mets took advantage of four errors to score 11 unearned runs.

The Mets have scored more than 15 runs in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history. They beat Baltimore 16-5 Wednesday night.

Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco, Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro went deep for the Phillies, who entered two games behind Atlanta in the NL East.

Outfielder Roman Quinn gave up a homer to Michael Conforto on his second pitch – a 79 mph fastball. He got five outs, gave up seven runs and threw 42 pitches. Infielder Scott Kingery went the final 1 1/3 innings and allowed two runs.

Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo left the game after injuring his left index finger hitting a grounder to third base with two outs and the bases loaded in the third inning. Nimmo fell to the ground as the ball rolled to Franco, who was late tagging third but threw to first to easily get the out. X-rays on Nimmo’s finger were negative. Bautista replaced him.

Phillies starter Ranger Suarez (1-1) gave up eight runs – four earned – and 11 hits in four innings. Mark Leiter Jr. allowed seven unearned runs and four hits in one inning.

After Alfaro’s shot cut it to 5-4, the Mets had a 10-run fifth. Suarez balked in a run and exited after Bautista followed with an RBI single. Another run scored on Alfaro’s throwing error on Oswalt’s sacrifice and Rosario drove one in on a fielder’s choice grounder.

Hoskins then dropped Austin Jackson’s two-out fly ball for an error and another run scored. After Wilmer Flores’ RBI single, Bautista connected for his 10th homer. Bautista had a chance to hit another slam when he faced Quinn in the eighth but walked on a 3-2 pitch over his head. He added an RBI double off Kingery.

GRAB A BAT

Mets lefty Jerry Blevins lined an RBI single for his first career hit off Kingery in the eighth.

GOING DEEP

Bautista has 13 seasons of double-digit homers since 2005. Only Albert Pujols has more with 14.

TRAINER’S ROOM

METS: It’s uncertain how much time Nimmo will miss.

PHILLIES: Lefty Aaron Loup (left forearm strain) and lefty Austin Davis (low back tightness) were placed on the 10-day disabled list. Suarez and right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. were recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

UP NEXT

RHP Zach Eflin (8-4, 3.57 ERA) goes for the Phillies and LHP Steven Matz (5-9, 4.35) starts for the Mets in the second game.

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The Mets absolutely demolished the Phillies 24-4

The Mets absolutely demolished the Phillies 24-4

The first game of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Mets in Philadelphia didn’t go so well for the Phillies. The pitching staff — which included two position players — served up 24 runs on 25 hits and seven walks. The defense also committed four errors.

The most damage came in the top of the fifth inning when the Mets hung a 10-spot. That inning featured a balk, two errors, and a grand slam from José Bautista. In the seventh, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler called on position player Roman Quinn to pitch. Quinn gave up a leadoff home run to Michael Conforto. After José Reyes singled, Quinn uncorked a wild pitch, which moved Reyes into scoring position. Kevin Plawecki then knocked him in with a single. In the eighth, the Mets jumped on Quinn again as he loaded the bases, then forced in two runs with walks and gave up a two-run double to Plawecki. Kapler brought in another position player, Scott Kingery, to pitch. Kingery gave up an RBI single to reliever Jerry Blevins before getting out of the eighth inning. Kingery gave up two more runs in the ninth before the game went in the books.

Kingery, by the way, was pitching so slowly that his velocity wasn’t being picked up by the radar guns at Citizens Bank Park, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

In total, the Phillies’ pitching staff gave up 11 earned runs. It’s the most unearned runs a team has allowed since May 5, 2016 when the Giants gave up 17 runs, only six of which were earned, to the Rockies. The only other time that happened in the 2000’s was on September 28, 2000 when the Blue Jays gave up 23 runs, 10 of which were earned, to the Orioles. A team has yielded 11 or more unearned runs in a single game only 11 times since 1943. The 24 total runs the Phillies allowed were the most a team has allowed since… the Mets gave up 25 to the Nationals on July 31 this year.

Thankfully for Phillies fans, Thursday afternoon’s contest was only broadcast on Facebook Live. Which, by the way, is another one of Major League Baseball’s brilliant marketing ideas. When games are broadcast on Facebook Live, they’re blacked out everywhere else, which includes cable TV and MLB.tv.

Examining the Mets' strong night against the Orioles

Examining the Mets' strong night against the Orioles

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Brandon Nimmo on his pursuit of a cycle in the 16-5 win over the Orioles Matt Ehalt, Staff Writer, @MattEhalt

The Mets probably didn’t want to leave Baltimore.

They scored a season-best 16 runs in Wednesday’s 16-5 win at Camden Yards, and that score doesn’t reveal how well they swung the bats in the blowout.

Here are some of the notable stats:

  • The 16 runs were the team’s most since May 3, 2017
  • The 19 hits tied a season-high (also on April 29)
  • The nine-run sixth inning marked the team’s second nine-run inning this year
  • The 10 extra-base hits were the most since April 11, 2017
  • The three triples were the most since July 26, 2009
  • Brandon Nimmo recorded a career-high five hits
  • Nimmo and Todd Frazier both fell one hit short of a cycle

“This should give us some confidence going into a weird series in Philly and Willamsport,” said Mets manager Mickey Callaway.

Teams are going to enjoy breakout nights like this during a season, but the Mets looked like world beaters as they tattooed the Orioles. Dylan Bundy has pitched well against righties this year, but Frazier and other righties produced against him.

Nimmo fell a homer short of the cycle while Frazier fell just a triple short of the cycle. Frazier joked after that he would have tried to turn any single into an extra-base hit knowing that he needed a triple to finally record a cycle.

“All those guys went out there and tried to cover the plate,” Callaway said.

The Mets actually have been swinging the bats well for a good stretch now, and have produced against two solid righty pitchers in the last three days. In Monday’s Subway Series finale, the Mets tattooed Yankees righty, Luis Severino.

They are slated to face two tough righties during the upcoming series against the Phillies with Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta scheduled to start two of the games. The series begins with a doubleheader Thursday in Philadelphia.

The Mets certainly will be carrying hot bats into those games.

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Mets' hard-throwing rookie giving bullpen a lift

Mets' hard-throwing rookie giving bullpen a lift

BALTIMORE — In larger doses and short appearances, the Mets are starting to see results from Tyler Bashlor.

The rookie is among a trio of hard-throwing righty relievers the team is evaluating — along with Bobby Wahl and Drew Smith — as team officials search for pieces to potentially complement Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and Anthony Swarzak next season.

Bashlor, who was promoted last month from Double-A Binghamton, is unscored upon in his previous three appearances, over 4 ¹/₃ innings, after a shaky stretch to begin his major league career. He did not pitch in the Mets’ 16-5 win over the Orioles Wednesday night.

After two straight two-inning stints, Bashlor retired the only Orioles batter he faced Tuesday.

“I feel like [Bashlor] knows now his stuff will play if he does the right thing,” manager Mickey Callaway said.

Among the remaining challenges, according to Callaway, is getting Bashlor to throw down-and-away on the first pitch to set up hitters.

“Elevate pitches when he needs to like we always talk about and I think the thing that will be the most important for him is to get his breaking ball in the zone and then out of the zone for a strike-to-ball look when he needs it,” Callaway said.


Steven Matz will be limited to roughly 80 pitches Thursday in his return from the disabled list to pitch in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Philadelphia. Corey Oswalt will start the first game. The lefty Matz missed his past two starts with a flexor pronator strain in his arm.

The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled for 4:05 p.m., and the visual broadcast will be available only on Facebook. It will be the Mets’ second appearance this season on a Facebook-exclusive broadcast. The nightcap of the doubleheader will be on SNY.


Amed Rosario, who did not play Wednesday, has reached base in six straight games, a stretch in which he is 8-for-25 (.320) with five RBIs. Rosario’s seven stolen bases since the All-Star break were tied for second in the National League.


David Wright, in his third minor league rehab game, went 0-for-3 with a walk in seven innings at third base for Single-A St. Lucie. He is now 0-for-7 with three strikeouts.


Jay Bruce played first base (also for seven innings) and went 2-for-4 with a run for St. Lucie, a night after appearing in right field.

Plawecki's slam helps power Mets to 16-5 rout of Orioles

Plawecki's slam helps power Mets to 16-5 rout of Orioles

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New York Mets’ Brandon Nimmo watches his two-run triple in front of Baltimore Orioles catcher Austin Wynns during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kevin Plawecki hit his first career grand slam during a nine-run sixth inning, Brandon Nimmo went 5 for 5 with three RBIs and the New York Mets breezed past the Baltimore Orioles 16-5 on Wednesday night.

Todd Frazier homered and drove in four runs to help the Mets earn a split of the two-game interleague series. New York finished 1-3 this season against the Orioles, who own the worst record in the majors.

A home run by Wilmer Flores in the ninth enabled the Mets to reach a season high in runs.

Zack Wheeler (8-6) gave up one run and five hits over five innings to win his sixth straight start. The right-hander was removed from the game by manager Mickey Callaway after the Mets sent 12 batters to the plate in a lengthy sixth against Dylan Bundy (7-11) and three relievers.

After Bundy left with two on, Nimmo hit a two-run triple. A wild pitch let in a run and Frazier doubled in two runs before right-hander Evan Phillips issued a pair of walks to load the bases for Plawecki.

Phillips fell behind in the count before grooving a fastball that Plawecki smacked into the left-field seats. It was only his 11th home run in 205 games over four seasons.

That made it 14-1, and the only remaining suspense was whether Nimmo could hit for the cycle after going single, double, double, triple in his first four at-bats. He was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning and singled in the ninth, giving him a career-high five hits.

In the eighth, Mets backup third baseman Jack Reinheimer got his first major league hit, a single up the middle off Cody Carroll.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: David Wright (shoulder/back) went 0 for 3 and played 3B for Class A St. Lucie and is hitless in three rehab games. He has not played a major league game since May 2016. … Jay Bruce (sore right hip) played 1B and went 2 for 4 for St. Lucie. He has been on the DL since June 18.

COMFORTABLE CONFORTO

Though Mets CF Michael Conforto went 1 for 8 with five strikeouts in the series, he’s batting .299 since the All-Star break.

Conforto missed all of spring training after undergoing shoulder surgery last September.

”I think that he’s finally finding more of a comfort zone,” Callaway said. ”He’s done a great job of settling in, and we’re seeing a more consistent Michael Conforto out there every day.”

UP NEXT

Mets: It’s up to Philadelphia for a single-admission doubleheader on Thursday. Corey Oswalt (1-2) will start the opener followed by Steven Matz (1-2), who’s been on the DL with a strained left arm. He will be limited to 80 pitches, Callaway said.

Orioles: A rarity on Thursday for Baltimore, which gets its second day off this week (also Monday). The Orioles open a three-game series in Cleveland on Friday night.

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Mets' Todd Frazier, a former Little League World Series hero, only knows how to have fun

Mets' Todd Frazier, a former Little League World Series hero, only knows how to have fun

Fair or not, plenty of people have a tendency to classify baseball as borderline monotonous.

Todd Frazier is not one of those people.

And that’s not only because he happens to play third base for the New York Mets.

Besides representing Major League Baseball for more than seven years, remember, the 32-year-old New Jersey native all but began making a living on the diamond, well, before he was old enough to even make a living. Years before his two trips to the All-Star Game, his trade to the New York Yankees, his 40-home-run season with the Chicago White Sox, his half-decade with the Cincinnati Reds and even his selection in the MLB Draft, Frazier was famous for his age-12 role in the 1998 Little League World Series championship — a title game he started with a lead-off homer and ended with a clinching strikeout.

For Frazier, baseball has never been boring. (And how could it be when you’re in middle school and get recognized alongside Derek Jeter?)

For him, baseball has always been about one thing in particular: Having fun.

“That’s the only thing, to be honest with you,” Frazier said in a phone interview.

It’s why, in between a 162-game season with the Mets, just as important to him as correcting New York’s slide from an 11-1 start is teaching today’s future Todd Fraziers that fun is what the game’s all about — and that it takes some effort to experience.

In July alone, he had at a clinic at the Mets’ Citi Field, where he reunited with Little League teammates, then partnered with Canon for a camp in New York City. Both stops were in the name of getting kids up, active and, most of all, putting themselves in a position to “instill lasting memories” and fall in love with baseball like he did.

“I like having kids outside,” he said at Citi Field, “because … no more video games, no more indoor stuff — you get outside and just try and figure out a fun game to play.”

Without that attitude, Frazier probably would never have been the 5-foot-2 star of the 1998 Little League championship — a title run he admits he still thinks about “all the time,” especially once August rolls around.

He also probably wouldn’t be talking up the early prospects of his son, Blake, breaking into the majors. Not only is his boy already experimenting with some left-handed stuff, but he’s apparently adept enough to make his dad’s business partnerships look cool along the way, using Canon’s new handheld printer to take action shots of himself on the field.

Oh, and he’s only four.

“He just got his first Little League trophy in tee ball,” Frazier said with a laugh over the phone. “And I didn’t even teach him how to hit yet. This is his own thing. If I teach him my swing, he won’t make it.”

Without his fun-first attitude, Frazier probably wouldn’t still be doing what he does, either.

He’s had plenty of career motivations — starring at the Home Run Derby, reuniting with Jeter, becoming “one of just a couple guys to say they played for both” of MLB’s prestigious New York markets. He’s also had plenty of career challenges — being traded twice, enduring his first hamstring injury in 2018 and struggling to break baseball’s dramatic increase in strikeouts.

“I think the pitching’s gotten a lot better,” he said. “They’re throwing 95-plus with 10 to 15 inches of movement, and we’re trying our best, but … as hitters, maybe we need a new two-strike approach? We’re playing against the best pitchers in the world, so there’s no real answer yet.”

What’s never left him, though, beneath the highs of Derby slams and the lows of unhittable pitching, is the same mission he preaches to the kids: Have fun.

“As a young kid, it’s tough when you fail, because you take everything so seriously, and it’s the end of the world,” he said. “But have as much fun as possible.”

In fact, as it pertains to his current job responsibilities, like helping the Mets catch up to their 2018 — wait for it — Little League Classic opponent, the rival Philadelphia Phillies, Frazier thinks a turnaround could mostly boil down to something as simple as that. Learning to string together hits against this year’s daunting pitching matchups would help, of course, but so would, according to the third baseman, the kinds of “little things that make you a better team and teammate” — things like card games and dinner parties away from the field.

Just look at the Phillies. Frazier gives credit to their first-year manager, Gabe Kapler, for helping right the ship in Philly, but it’s also obvious to him they’re playing the game the way he knows best.

“They just play,” he said. “They don’t worry about nothing. They just play.”

It’s a vibe he knows he’ll always bring to his own clubhouse.

And whatever it is, it’s not monotonous.