Posted by Craig Mitchell at 4:00 PM
Sunday afternoon at the Great American Ballpark, the Mets one day after clinching the NL East started their second string, but it didn’t slow down the offense as the Mets behind a masterful Jacob deGrom beat up the Reds 8-1. The Mets got right to work again in the top of the 1st inning. Kelly Johnson batting 2nd and starting at short stop singled. Michael Conforto then hit a long double one hopped off the wall in left center to make it 1-0 Mets. In the 2nd inning Dilson Herrera making his first start in 3 months stroked a 2 run homer to center, his 3rd on the year and the Mets led 3-0. In the 3rd deGrom added a 2 run single to make it 5-0. In the 5th, deGrom reached on an error by Ivan DeJesus in left which brought home Eric Campbell. Juan Lagares then reached on an infield single off Brandon Phillips glove to score Herrera and it was 7-0 Mets. In the 6th, Kevin Plawecki who batted clean-up, clubbed a solo homer to left, his 3rd on the year to make it 8-0 Mets. On the mound, deGrom was brilliant. He allowed his only run in the bottom of the 6th on a RBI single by Joey Votto. deGrom left after 6 allowing just 5 hits the 1 run (earned) and struck out 9; he now has 198 strikeouts on the year. He earns the win he's now 14-8. Herrera had a huge game off the bench with 3 hits, the double, homer and 2 RBI. Eric Campbell had 2 hits as did deGrom and Lagares. Skip Schumaker had 3 hits for the Reds. Erik Goeddel pitched the 7th, Sean Gilmartin the 8th and Bobby Parnell pitched the 9th. With the win the Mets improve to 89-67 on the year. The Mets sweep the 4 game set from the Reds. They have now won 11 straight on the road and since they were 16-32 on the road mid-season they now have won 24 of 29 away from Citi and they clinch a .500 record with a 41-37 record. Monday is a well-earned off-day for the Amazins. Tuesday night the Mets are off for 3 games in Philly. Bartolo Colon (14-12 4.15) goes for the Mets, David Buchanan (2-9 7.96) goes for Philadelphia.