Michael Conforto
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Young Michael Conforto comes up clutch in the ninth inning to help lift the New York Mets to a 3-1 victory in Philadelphia against the NL East-rival Phillies.

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From the talk of baseball to down in the dumps, the full story of the 2018 New York Mets has yet to completely unfold. At least one chapter was created on Friday night in Philadelphia.

With the score 1-0 in favor of the home team in the ninth inning, struggling lefty Michael Conforto stepped to the plate for a club, his club that needed something big to happen. It happened when Conforto blasted a two-run home run that suddenly injected life into a dead dugout.

Adrian Gonzalez led-off that fateful ninth inning with a pop-up. It wasn’t until Wilmer Flores provided hope with a single a batter later that saw the Mets team start a buzz a bit while watching on. Of course, Conforto turned on one that came from the right hand of closer Hector Neris.

A batter later, newly-acquired catcher Devin Mesoraco cracked his first home run with the Mets to extend the lead to 3-1.

Despite the swimmingly great feel of that final frame—capped with Jeurys Familia’s 11th save of the season—the game was filled with regularly seen frustration.

Steven Matz received the start and, for the most part, did his job in keeping it a close contest. Throwing 95 pitches over five innings, Matz relented just one run on five hits while striking out three. Seth Lugo, Paul Sewald and A.J. Ramos were splendid in keeping the score 1-0.

The only New York pitching dent of the entire night was a first-inning Odubel Herrera solo shot in the first inning.

Conforto finished 2-3 with the memorable home run. The only other Met to collect two hits was Asdrubal Cabrera (2-3, BB).

Finally, having a chance to take a deep breath after a nice moment, the New York Mets will turn around and take on the very same Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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