Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wasted Effort

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wasted Effort

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PHILADELPHIA - The Mets will gladly sign up for Logan Verrett to continue to post quality outings like the one he produced Saturday night against the Phillies.

They just need to get some timely hits next time to not put a fine effort to waste.

Verrett allowed just two runs in six innings, but the Mets went 0- for-7 with runners in scoring position and fell to the Phillies, 4- 2, at Citizens Bank Park. The right-hander received a no-decision after the Mets' bullpen allowed two runs and the offense stranded seven runners.

The Mets are asking Verrett to fill in for Matt Harvey while they wait for Zack Wheeler to return, and the pressure is on Verrett to produce. Verrett posted a 9.33 ERA in his previous four starts entering Saturday, but team staffers hope he can pitch like he did in April when he served as a spot starter.

In his second spot start for Harvey, Verrett produced a fine effort by battling to hold the Phillies to just the two runs on eight hits. He struck out four and walked one. Jerry Blevins (3-1) took the loss.

Verrett encountered little resistance in the first three innings, aside from Ryan Howard's homer in the second that gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. He then pitched consistently from the fourth inning on. He stranded a pair in the fourth, and allowed a run in the fifth that tied the game at 2.

The Phillies recorded two doubles in the frame, but Verrett held them to just the one run.

In the sixth, a fantastic play helped Verrett end his night with having allowed just the two runs. With two on and two out, Jerad Eickhoff hit a slow grounder to shortstop that he beat out, but first baseman James Loney made a nice throw to home and Travis d'Arnaud applied the tag to nail Carlos Ruiz as he tried to score.

Ruiz had been at second and tried to take the extra base on the slow grounder.

Verrett will need more outings like this going forward to cement his spot in the rotation, but the team is not brimming with options if he falters. …

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