As much emotion was elicited from last night’s comeback win, tonight was the complete opposite feeling for the Phillies as they continued their series with the New York Mets. Zack Wheeler didn’t look bad in his first start of the 2022 season, with a Brandon Nimmo home run in the 5th inning being the only run scored against him in the contest, but it was all the Mets would need. Tylor Megill absolutely shoved for New York, shutting the Phillies down through his 5 and 1/3rd innings of work and allowing only 3 scattered hits. It was more of the same from the Mets’ bullpen, as Chasen Schreve, Drew Smith, and Edwin Diaz combined to finish out the shutout for the away team. The Phillies only mustered 5 hits in the loss and working 0 walks on the night, though Manager Joe Girardi did say after the game that he wasn’t worried about the lack of offensive production.
The Phillies bullpen was exceptional again tonight, which is the silver lining from this one at least. Zack Wheeler allowed 2 hits in his start, and the Phillies’ pen only allowed 1 more hit the rest of the way, effectively neutralizing the Mets’ offense in the back half of the game. That was thanks to a strong long relief effort from Christopher Sanchez, and additionally strong outings from Connor Brogdon and Jeurys Familia. New York did scratch an extending run across in the top of the 8th thanks to a great double play opportunity going un-turned by the Camargo-Stott connection, but ultimately the Mets finished the game with only 3 total hits. When you look at the lineup the Phillies are going to trot out there this season, if you 3 hit a team it would be fair to expect this squad to win pretty much all of those games. Unfortunately, tonight was not the night for that to happen. The bats will have to wake up if the Phillies want to win the series with a victory tomorrow. Aaron Nola will make his 2nd start of the year facing off against Max Scherzer. 1st pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm.