Dresses hung at various lockers around the visitors’ clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park as the Mets walked in after completing a three-game sweep of the Phillies to pull into a tie for third place in the division with a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon. The outfits were for the club's 13 rookies’ mock bridal party. The nine bridesmaids wore purple. Wilmer Flores the maid of honor had a blue dress. Zack Wheeler the bride was assigned a white gown. They completed their ensembles with matching bouquets of flowers and clutch purses for the team flight to Cincinnati. Veterans arranged the lighthearted hazing routine -- an annual baseball ritual -- in recent weeks with 40-year-old LaTroy Hawkins serving as the ringleader. And it was only fitting that it came on a day that Hawkins a 19-year veteran and a couple rookies starred in victory. Making his major league debut Wilfredo Tovar put the Mets ahead with a single off Cliff Lee in the seventh that scored fellow rookie Juan Lagares who tied a career-high with three hits and Anthony Recker. Tovar added a single in his final plate appearance in the ninth inning to finish his first game 2-for-4 at the plate. “The first two at-bats he was pitching me inside inside” said Tovar who was called up to the majors Friday after spending a week idle in his native Venezuela. “In the third at-bat he went back inside and I was able hit it.” The offensive surge followed another effective outing from Carlos Torres. The right-hander yielded two runs on seven hits over six innings. Torres (3-5 3.36 ERA) compiled six strikeouts to three walks. It was Torres’s fourth quality start in five outings since replacing Matt Harvey in the starting rotation. To conclude the affair Hawkins overcame a leadoff single from Kevin Frandsen in the ninth to convert his 12th save of the season and the 100th of his career.
Mets complete weekend sweep of Phillies with 4-3 win
Newark Star-Ledger | Sep 22