As strange as it sounds, since they won by six runs, the Phillies held on to beat the New York Mets in Tuesday night’s game at Citi Field. The Mets scored four runs against Aaron Harang in the fifth inning to chase him from the game, and then once in each of the final four innings. They simply ran out of time, and the Phillies won 14-8. It’s the first time the Phillies defeated the Mets since May 8, ending a 10-game losing streak against them. Darin Ruf had a career game, homering and knocking in six runs.
The most interesting part of the game, to me, was the battle between Harang and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The Phillies — some combination of pitching coach Bob McClure, catcher Carlos Ruiz, and Harang — clearly had a game plan against the slugger and executed it well… until the end. Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the fifth to make it a 6-4 game, and chase Harang out of the contest.
I captured each pitch to illustrate how the Phillies chose to approach Cespedes during the game: