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- Final Score: Mets 5, Phillies 4
- WP: Zack Wheeler (1-1)
- LP: Vince Velasquez (0-2)
- SV: Addison Reed (3)
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- Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Budding everyday player Michael Conforto took full advantage of an unexpected start over a healthy Curtis Granderson, going 2-for-4 with a solo shot and three runs scored.
Conforto, who led off for just the second time in his major league career, got things started with a game-opening single. Yoenis Cespedes then picked up where he left off the night before, as he drove in Conforto with a line drive double to left field.
Conforto also added to the early lead in the top of the third inning with his second home run of the year.
Wheeler pitched a bounce-back game from his tough start to open the season, posting 5.2 scoreless innings before loading the bases and getting pulled for reliever Hansel Robles.
Robles then promptly allowed a grand slam to Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco — another showcasing of a significant blunder out of the Mets bullpen.
But before those three earned runs were added to his line, Wheeler had allowed just four hits and a walk, while striking out four — a good sign for Mets brass to see from the oft-injured righty.
Asdrubal Cabrera added to the lead with a two-run single in a three-run fifth, which was capped off by a Cespedes sacrifice fly.
Former Gold Glove winner Juan Lagares could return to the big league club as early as Thursday, as he continues to show promising signs during his rehab stint.
Lagares went 1-for-4 and played all nine innings in center field for the St. Lucie Mets on Monday, and after a day off Tuesday, was expected to play again Wednesday, before his expected disabled list activation.
On Wednesday, the Mets made the reported signing of corner infielder/outfielder Cody Decker official. The 30-year-old Decker, who most recently played for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, was released by the Milwaukee Brewers during Spring Training.
Decker is your typical journeyman, having bounced around through several organizations, including the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals and Brewers over his eight year professional career.