In the team’s first game without Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies lacked any sense of urgency and were blown out by the Mets in the series opener. The Mets used the long ball to power past the Phillies, scoring all 9 of their runs via the home run. Adam Morgan struggled on the mound as he allowed 6 runs, and was pulled after 5 innings. The Phillies made a late rally in the 8th inning, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Phillies (59-69) would end up falling to the Mets (65-63) by a final of 9-4.
The Mets jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the 1st inning after back-to-back homers by the first two batters, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera. Morgan helped himself in the top of the 5th and cut the Mets’ lead in half with an RBI single to left field. The Mets broke the game wide open with a grand slam off the bat off Wilmer Flores. An RBI double by Travis d’Arnaud and a second HR of the game by Cabrera, this one a two-run shot to right gave the Mets a 9-1 lead after 6 innings. The Phillies made a slight comeback in the top of the 8th, with a two-RBI double by Cesar Hernandez and an RBI double by Aaron Altherr making it a 9-4 game, and giving us our final in this one. Odubel Herrera was the only Phillie to record multiple hits in tonight’s game, going 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Phillies starter Morgan looked solid at times in tonight’s game, but was hurt by the long ball and left pitches hanging at the wrong time. Morgan allowed three home runs that resulted in 6 runs in his 5 innings of work. Morgan suffered his 8th loss of the season, and he falls to 1-8 on the season with a 6.50 ERA. Mets starter and the ageless wonder Bartolo Colon picked up his 12th win of the season as he pitched 7+ quality innings. Colon allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks on the way to earning the win. Colon improves to 12-7 on the year with a 3.44 ERA after tonight’s victory.
The Phillies and Mets will be back at it tomorrow night at Citi Field for the second of three games. Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.60 ERA) will take the ball against Noah Syndergaard (11-7, 2.61 ERA) of the Mets. The Phillies’ offense will have a tough time getting some offense going against Thor, one of the best young pitchers in the game, so they are going to need a quality start from Hellickson in order to have a shot at tying up the series at one game a piece.
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