PHILADELPHIA — Marcus Stroman’s first regular-season appearance in more than 18 months went exactly to a script that could have been written by the Mets right-hander in spring training.
The ball was put in play Tuesday, Stroman’s defense responded and scoring was a challenge for the opposition. It’s a different methodology for sure than Jacob deGrom uses with his overpowering stuff, but the results deGrom and Stroman received on consecutive nights weren’t much different. And this time the Mets bullpen protected a lead.
With Stroman in charge, the Mets rolled to an 8-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, cleansing their palates somewhat of the bitter taste of a wasted deGrom beauty in Monday’s season opener.
Over six innings Stroman allowed one earned run on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the seventh after throwing 85 pitches.
Miguel Castro, Trevor May and Jeurys Familia worked the final three innings to close it. Castro allowed a run in the seventh before May escaped trouble in the eighth. Familia allowed two soft-contact hits in the ninth that turned into runs.