The largest regular season crowd in Citi Field history (44,099) turned out to the watch the New York Mets lay a beat-down on the winless Philadelphia Phillies on Friday afternoon. Jacob deGrom took the ball for the Mets and tossed six brilliant innings surrendering just one-run, five hits, while striking out six. The Amazin's ace opened the scoring as he grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded in the second inning to register his 7th career RBI. DeGrom left the game after six innings due to tightness in his lat muscle, but he is not expected to undergo an MRI or miss any time.
The Mets bats were relatively quiet until Neil Walker broke a 1-1 tie with a single to drive in Lucas Duda. Michael Conforto followed with an RBI double as the Mets built a 3-1. The same one-two combination of Walker and Conforto combined for another three RBIs in the bottom of the 7th inning and Travis D'Arnaud joined the hit parade with a run scoring single to close out the frame.
After reliever Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless seventh by impressively fanning two Phillies, the Mets turned to Hansel Robles for the 8th, but he allowed two hits and one-run in just 1/3 of an inning. Jerry Blevins limited the damage by recording the final two outs of the inning and preserved the Mets five-run lead.
Antonio Bastardo make his Mets debut by striking out two batters and slamming the door in the ninth. The Amazin's sent the capacity crowd home with a smile on their faces as they notched a 7-2 in the home opener.