The Phillies were blanked by New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom this afternoon, as he pitched a complete game shutout, the first of his career, as the Phillies (43-50) fell in the series finale with the Mets (49-42), 5-0. deGrom had his best stuff on the mound today, as he allowed just one hit and walked just one batter. The win today for the Mets gives them the series victory over the Phillies in both team’s first series in the 2nd half of the season.
The only real positive today for the Phillies’ offense was that they managed to not get no-hit. The Phillies only hit came off the bat of today’s starting pitcher, Zach Eflin. Ryan Howard was the only position player to reach base as he drew a walk in the 8th inning. The Mets got on the board in the top of the 2nd inning on an RBI triple by Juan Lagares. Curtis Granderson added a solo home run, his 16th homer of the year, to give the Mets a 2-0 lead in the 3rd. Jose Reyes made it a 3-0 game with his RBI double in the 5th, and Asdrubal Cabrera capped off the scoring in this afternoon’s game with a two-run home run to right field in the 8th inning that made it 5-0 New York.
Phillies starter Eflin struggled a bit in his first start of the 2nd half as he allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings of work. Eflin suffered the loss today, and he falls to 2-3 on the season with a 4.14 ERA. deGrom was on a whole other level today, as none of the Phillies players were able to get comfortable in the box and solve deGrom this afternoon. deGrom’s stuff wasn’t as overpowering as it has been as he only struck out 7 batters in 9 innings, but he was keeping the entire Phillies lineup off balance and not allowing any of them to make solid contact. With the win in today’s ballgame, deGrom now sits at 6-4 on the year with a 2.38 ERA.
The Phillies will remain at home for a four game series against the Marlins before the team heads to Pittsburgh to begin another road trip. The Phillies and Marlins will play the first game of the series tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park. Phillies starter Aaron Nola (5-8, 4.69 ERA) will take the mound against Marlins All-Star Jose Fernandez (11-4, 2.52 ERA). Nola will look to overcome his recent struggles in his first start since the All-Star break and help the Phillies take the first of four games against Miami tomorrow night.
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