The Phillies were able to bounce back from their horrid series with the Miami Marlins by taking game 1 of their 3 game series with the New York Mets last night. Unfortunately, the win would come at a potentially large cost. Philadelphia starter Jake Arrieta did not have the greatest start, having to dance out of danger in just about each of his 5 full innings, but the by the time he stepped on the mound to start off the 6th inning he had allowed only 1 earned run – on a solo shot by Brandon Nimmo in the 5th inning. Arrieta took the bump in the 6th in line for the win thanks to a 2-run pinch hit single by Adam Haseley in the 4th inning off of Mets starter Rick Porcello that allowed the Phils the 2-1 advantage, however the inning would quickly turn into a near nightmare.
Arrieta would load the bases with only one out in the 6th, but how he added the last runner was much more troubling. Facing Andres Gimenez, Arrieta strode out to deliver a pitch and was clearly in pain as soon as his front foot landed. The pitch would hit Gimenez, and Arrieta would have to be helped off the mound, nursing what appeared to be an injury to his right hamstring. The Phillies just got Zack Wheeler back in the rotation after dealing with a fingernail issue, so another starter going down for an extended period of time is not what the team needed right now. Luckily, the injury did not hurt the Phillies last night, as Jojo Romero relieved Arrieta and induced an inning ending double play on his first pitch.
The Phillies would add 2 more runs in the bottom of the inning via a 2 run bomb from Didi Gregorius, and the Mets would not score again on the night, leading to a much needed 4-1 win for the home team. Now, the major question from Tuesday night’s contest is of course the health of Arrieta’s hamstring. For the time being, Philadelphia will just have to wait and hope. The two teams will be back in action tonight at 7pm as Wheeler returns to the mound against the formidable Jacob deGrom.
We officially have a magic number for the Phillies to clinch a playoff spot! Will update the magic number at the bottom of each recap from here on.
Magic Number: 11