Out of the two opponents the two teams from Philadelphia were playing today, who did you think would score more runs/points? Well yeah I would’ve guessed the Steelers too, and we both were wrong. The Mets drubbed the Phillies today, winning by two touchdowns and a field goal. Asdrubal Cabrera’s grand slam in the seventh inning blew things open as what was a seven run game, became an 11 run game. The Mets (83-73) went on to tack on six more runs, and they got a shutout performance from three pitchers as they topped the Phillies (70-86) by a final of 17-0.
There were no positives in today’s game for the Phillies’ offense, except maybe for the fact that they didn’t get no hit. The Phils managed to record just three hits, three singles, as a team. No player on the Phillies team managed to record multiple hits as Freddy Galvis, Cody Asche, and Jorge Alfaro each delivered a single in the game. The entire Phils’ offense was off-balance all game long and could get nothing going against Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman.
There was plenty of offense to go around in today’s series finale for the Mets. The Mets scored early and often as they didn’t take their feet off the gas one bit on the way to putting up 17 runs this afternoon. As I mentioned, Cabrera’s grand slam in the bottom of the seventh put the game out of reach. Cabrera and Jose Reyes led the way for the Mets this afternoon, combining for three hits, three runs, and eight RBIs.
Every single Phillies pitcher that took the mound this afternoon had a rough go of it. Phillies didn’t pitch as bad as the score might suggest he did. Thompson allowed just three runs on five hits and three walks, but managed to make it through only four innings. Thompson suffered the loss in today’s game as he falls to 3-6 on the year with a 5.70 ERA. Every single Phillies pitcher allowed at least one run to score this afternoon. Patrick Schuster did not have his best stuff today as he allowed five runs on three hits and a walk in just two thirds of an inning.
The Mets needed just three pitchers to shut out the Phillies’ offense in this afternoon’s game. Mets starting pitcher Gsellman went seven strong innings, allowing no runs on three hits and two walks. Gsellman picked up his third win of the season as he improves to 3-2 with a 2.56 ERA after today’s win. Fernando Sals and Jerry Blevins combined to throw two perfect innings on the way to preserving the shutout.
The Phillies will have an off day tomorrow before traveling to Atlanta to begin a three game series against the Braves that opens up on Tuesday. When the Phillies do take the field again, Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.75 ERA) will take the mound for the Phils against the Braves’ ace Julio Teheran (6-10, 3.10 ERA). Eickhoff and the rest of the Phillies pitching staff will look to forget about the unmemorable weekend in Queens and focus on shutting down the Braves.
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Tyler King covers the Phillies for PHLSportsNation.com. He can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter (@t_king26).