Since trading away their top power hitter the New York Mets have had an offensive breakthrough, something they will try to maintain Saturday in the third of four games at the Philadelphia Phillies.
Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes crushed the only bad pitch from Nola, a 2-1 curveball, deep over the left field fence to give NY a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning.
Nola is one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, posting a 1.71 ERA in his last 10 starts.
Cespedes continues to swing a hot bat in Philadelphia. It was the 10 homer in Citizens Bank Park for Cespedes in 36 career games. Freddy Galvis followed with an RBI single, scoring Maikel Franco, to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. But the remainder of the Mets lineup was silent against Aaron Nola and the Phillies' bullpen - Amed Rosario had the team's only other hit. Right fielder Jay Bruce, who led the Mets with 29 home runs, was shipped to Cleveland earlier in the week as NY struggled for consistent offense while wrapping up a homestand, but the club has erupted for 17 runs while taking the first two games in Philadelphia. He surrendered only two hits and two walks in the effortless win.
Mets second baseman Neil Walker was traded before the start of the game to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Matz's slump continued in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, when he was reached for five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Infielder Jose Reyes started in his place at second base and batted second, going 0-for-4. The Mets were held to three hits overall.