Escobar’s departure, Plummer’s HR lead Mets to Phillies

Escobar’s departure, Plummer’s HR lead Mets to Phillies

The Plummer arrived just in time.

Nick Plummer went from nameless reserve outfielder to a player who had a Mets moment on Sunday night, helping his team emerge from the raw sewage of a blown Adam Ottavino save to celebrate a wild win.

Plummer tied the game with a powerful swing in the ninth and Eduardo Escobar’s brace in the 10th inning sent the Mets to a 5-4 victory and a three-game sweep of the Phillies at Citi Field. The sweep was the Mets’ first this season.

“Pretty surreal,” said Plummer, whose 112 mph missile off the porch into right field against Corey Knebel in the lead in ninth had a tinge of, “Can you believe that?” attached to it.

The home run was Plummer’s first major league hit. It was the 10th anniversary of the last Mets player to homer on his first major league hit (also against the Phillies). Congratulations if you guessed current Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner as the player who hit that home run.

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Nick Plummer hit his first career home run on Sunday.
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Plummer, 25, was called up from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday and pushed into left field a night later for his first major league start.

“Just coming out here and helping the team win, you can’t ask for much more than that,” said Plummer, who was signed as a minor league free agent this offseason.

In the 10th inning, Francisco Lindor hit a lead against Knebel and Pete Alonso was intentionally walked before Escobar hit a line to right field that tagged auto-runner Starling Marte.

Eduardo Escobar reacts after his hit.
Eduardo Escobar reacts after his hit.
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Eduardo Escobar is mobbed by his teammates after his hit.
Eduardo Escobar is mobbed by his teammates after his hit.
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“Three times today they walked Pete Alonso and faced me,” said Escobar, who went 1 for 5 with two RBIs. “Baseball gives you an opportunity all the time. A swing changed everything and made my day.

Escobar also leaned over the dugout railing to rip Kyle Schwarber’s pop-up before the 10th inning.

“No one pushes harder than [Escobar] done,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He wants to ‘want’ so much that sometimes it gets in the way. He has a good track record which we will trust and he is the best professional one could wish for at a club.

The Mets improved to 9-3 against the Phillies this season. In a scheduling oddity, the NL East foes have already played four series, but the Mets have yet to face the Marlins. The final two regular-season series between the Mets and Phillies are scheduled for August.

The Mets (32-17) came into Memorial Day — a traditional baseball season marathon marker — leading the NL East by 8½ games. He is the biggest division head in MLB.

Chris Bassitt pitches Monday in the Mets' win over the Phillies.
Chris Bassitt pitches Monday in the Mets’ win over the Phillies.
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“I feel like we played together, we stayed together, it’s just remarkable,” Alonso said. “We have a lot of high quality character guys in this clubhouse and we just pull in the same direction. If you have that and you also have guys who play well defensively, run the bases, and hit and shoot well, that becomes the end product.

Ottavino gave up a three-point blast in the eighth to Nick Castellanos that gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Joely Rodriguez allowed two hits in the inning but passed his toughest test, striking out Bryce Harper for the second out. Ottavino came in and got two quick strikes on Castellanos before leaving a 96 mph fastball on the plate that disappeared behind the left field fence.

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Adam Ottavino gives up a three-run homer to Nick Castellanos in the eighth inning on Sunday.
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Chris Bassitt allowed one earned run on two hits over six innings with seven strikeouts and three walks while burying the memory of his worst performance in a Mets uniform, in San Francisco last week (when he allowed eight earned runs in 4 ¹/₃ innings while battling a sinus infection).

Bassitt retired the last 10 batters he faced in his seventh start this season in which he lasted at least six innings.

He survived a 34-pitch third inning in which he walked three batters, but allowed just one run. Odubel Herrera hit a left fly that Plummer misplayed into a double in the top of the inning before Bassitt walked Johan Camargo and Schwarber to charge the bases. Alec Bohm hit in a double play, bringing the run, and after Harper walked, Castellanos hit.

“Once you’ve finished that run, you’re like, ‘OK, I’m good to go,'” Bassitt said.

The Mets took advantage of the Phillies’ poor defense to take a 3-0 lead against Zack Wheeler in the first inning. After Luis Guillorme’s first brace and Marte’s following single runners around the corners, Lindor hit a grounder at first which Rhys Hoskins tried to turn into a force out at second. But with Guillorme starting from third base, shortstop Camargo rushed and never stepped on second base before throwing home. After Alonso singled out, the Mets got two more runs without the ball leaving the infield, on grounders from Escobar and Mark Canha.

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