Another day, another ugly loss. The Phillies jumped to an early lead in the end inning, but it was all downhill after that. The Phillies’ pitchers struggled to shut down the Mets’ offense as they used the long ball to beat the Phillies for the second straight night. This time, the Mets (66-63) used four home runs to score 10 of their 12 runs on the way to defeating the Phillies (59-70) by a final of 12-1.
A solo home run by Freddy Galvis in the top of the 3rd opened up the scoring in tonight’s game, but unfortunately that would be all the runs the Phillies would score, as the Mets would go on to score 12 unanswered runs. Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 3rd homer in 2 games, this one a two run shot to left center that put the Mets on top in the bottom of the 3rd. Yoenis Cespedes broke the game open with a three run bomb to left in the next inning, making it 5-1 New York. The Mets would go on to score 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th, with 4 of those runs coming off a pinch-hit grand slam by Kelly Johnson. Neil Walker added a solo homer in the bottom of the 8th to give us our final of 12-1. The top two batters in the Mets’ lineup, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes, continue to to dominate in this series, as they combined for 6 hits, 2 RBIs, and 6 runs scored.
Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson, who has been the Phillies’ most consistent pitcher this season, struggled a great deal in just 4 innings of work tonight. Hellickson allowed 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks as he suffers his 8th loss of the season. Hellickson falls to 10-8 on the year with a 3.80 ERA after tonight’s loss. Michael Mariot has an outing to forget as he allowed 6 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in just 2/3 of an inning tonight. Noah Syndergaard a.k.a. Thor had himself an impressive night on the mound as he pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just one run on 2 hits and 2 walks. Syndergaard picked up the win tonight for the Mets, as he improves to 12-7 on the season with a 2.55 ERA.
The Phillies and Mets will play the final game of this three game weekend series tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field. Phillies starter Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.31 ERA) will take the mound against Mets starter Robert Gsellman (1-0, 0.00 ERA) who will be making his first career big league start tomorrow afternoon. Velasquez will look to shake off his recent struggles and help the Phillies avoid being swept by the Mets.
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