The Phillies could not have received a better gift during last night’s game. No, this is not referring to the 3 runs the team was able to score early off of Mets’ all-world ace Jacob deGrom. Andrew Knapp’s RBI double, Adam Haseley’s sacrifice fly, and Andrew McCutchen’s fielder’s choice RBI in the bottom of the 2nd frame did give the Phils an improbable 3-0 lead early in the game. However, it was deGrom’s exit following that 2nd inning due to an injury that truly left the door wide open for the team to win their second straight game. Michael Wacha relieved deGrom in the 3rd, and surrendered a home run to Jean Segura in his first inning of work, giving Philadelphia a substantial 4-0 lead. Add to this the fact that Phillies starter Zack Wheeler, in his first start back from dealing with an injured fingernail, gave another strong start, and it seemed the Phils were in line for an important win.
Wheeler did allow 3 earned in his 7 and a third innings pitched, by way of a Robinson Cano fielder’s choice RBI and a 2 run homer to JD Davis, but he would leave the game in the top of the 8th inning with the squad still clinging to a 4-3 lead. Adam Morgan, who relieved Wheeler, was not as stellar. With 2 outs in the top of the 8th and the bases empty, Morgan walked Michael Conforto and then gave up a double off the right field wall to JD Davis, scoring Conforto and evaporating the lead. The Phillies were done scoring for the night, with their last run coming in the bottom of the 3rd despite facing a lowly Mets bullpen for 7 innings. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the 4-0 lead was totally squandered in the top of the 9th when reliever Hector Neris gave up a 1 out RBI single to Andres Gimenez.
The Mets would hold the 5-4 lead in the bottom of the 9th without much trouble, as an Alec Bohm 2 out single was the only hit the Phillies could muster. In total, the Phils only recorded 7 hits and a measly 1 run in 7 innings against 4 Mets relievers with an average ERA of 4.05. Jean Segura was the lone bright spot, going 4 for 4 on the night. Bryce Harper again went 0-for. This loss drops the Phillies back to .500 at 24-24. The two teams will face off in a rubber match this evening as Aaron Nola takes on Seth Lugo.
Magic Number: 11