The Phillies’ pitchers struggled to hold the Mets’ bats in check for a second straight night as the team from New York was able to score as many runs as they did last night, plus one. The Phillies jumped out to another early lead in tonight’s game, but it was spoiled by a six-run fifth inning by the Mets. The Phillies (69-85) equaled the Mets (82-72) in hits with 10, but those hits didn’t produce nearly enough runs as the Mets went on to double the Phils in runs and win by a final of 10-5.
The Phillies were the first team to get on the board tonight, as they scored two runs in the top of the second to take the early lead. Back-to-back RBI singles by Cesar Hernandez and Roman Quinn allowed the Phils to have a 2-0 advantage. The Phillies would score just three more runs throughout the game, and they all came via the long ball. Maikel Franco hit his second homer in as many days, this one, his 24th of the season, was a solo home run to left center field. The Phillies would score two more runs off the bat of Darin Ruf. Ruf hit his first home run since being recalled earlier this month, and at the time it cut the Mets’ lead in half in the top of the sixth inning.
The Mets’ six-run fifth inning was the difference maker in tonight’s game. Curtis Grandson started the scoring in the inning with an RBI single to right that cut the Phillies’ lead to one. Kelly Johnson then singled to right field that scored one run, and another run came home thanks to an error by Quinn. Mets outfielder Michael Conforto capped off the inning with a three-run homer to left center field that made it a 7-3 ballgame.
Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson had his fair share of struggles in tonight’s game. Hellickson was responsible for all the runs that came home in the fifth inning, while failing to make it through the inning. Hellickson finished with six earned runs on seven hits and three walks in just four and a third innings of work. After tonight’s loss, Hellickson falls to 12-10 on the season with a 3.78 ERA. Severino Gonzalez was the only Phils pitcher that didn’t allow the Mets to score as he pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning out of the bullpen.
Mets starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa was pulled after just two innings in tonight’s game. Ynoa allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, and did not factor into the decision. Mets reliever Josh Smoker picked up the win for his ball club, despite allowing two earned runs in his only inning of relief. Smoker now sits at 3-0 on the year with a 5.40 ERA after tonight’s win. Mets’ reliever Hansel Robles picked up his first save of the year, and it took him two and two-thirds innings to get it. Robles allowed no base runners and struck out three batters in a truly dominating night out of the bullpen.
The Phillies and Mets will play the third of four games tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m. Phillies starter Alec Asher (1-0, 2.16 ERA) will take the mound against Mets starter Sean Gilmartin (0-0, 4.76 ERA) at Citi Field. Asher will look to help the Phillies get a win tomorrow night and try to salvage this series.
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Tyler King covers the Phillies for PHLSportsNation.com, a member of Wegryn Enterprises. He can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter (@t_king26).