Phillies fall apart in the 9th inning, lose to the deGrom and the Mets 4-3
It is honestly hard to even believe that I am writing about yet another blown save by the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies were swept by the Nationals in a two game series last week. Both games they should have won. During a doubleheader on Friday against the NL East leading New York Mets, they split. Both games they should have won. Yesterday, against the best pitcher in baseball in Jacob DeGrom, the Phillies blew another save and lost a game they should have won.
In what was supposed to be a season defining week for the Phillies, they have now gone 1-4 and are on the brink of getting swept by the Mets. The Phillies can’t get out of their own way. With an opportunity to pull themselves into a tight race for first place in the National League East, the Phillies did the exact opposite. Instead of heading into today’s game with Zack Wheeler on the mound and being at least .500 in the standings, the Phillies are now 35-39 and six games back of the New York Mets.
The Phillies offense has only scored six runs in the first three games of the series and only had 10 total hits. Against Jacob deGrom yesterday, there was good reason to believe that the offense would struggle yet again. Zach Eflin was on the mound for the Phillies and pitched great. Eflin threw six innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and a walk, while striking out four. deGrom pitched six innings as well, allowing three hits, two earned runs, and a walk while striking out five.
The Phillies got on the board early with a RBI single courtesy of Nick Maton. He and Andrew McCutchen would both add RBI’s from a sac fly in the sixth and ninth innings. The Phillies headed into the final frame with a 3-2 lead and Hector Neris coming to the mound to save the game.
The Mets rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. It started with a Rhys Hoskins error that put the tying run on base. Neris then walked in the tying run and the winning run would score on a sac fly from Michael Conforto. The Phillies have blown an MLB leading 20 saves this season. In each of the first three games against the Mets the Phillies have blown saves and fielding errors that contributed to all three.
Honestly what in the world is Joe Girardi doing? He took out Nola in a seven inning game on Friday instead of letting his “ace” finish the game and get the Phillies a much needed win. Yesterday, he took out Zach Eflin at 82 pitches and the Phillies bullpen blew another game. When you have a lead against the best pitcher in baseball and you KNOW that your bullpen has been nothing short of a disaster all week, how can you possibly take out your starting pitcher that has only thrown 82 pitches on the day?
At the end of the day, good baseball teams don’t allow their offense to produce so little. They do not allow their bullpen to consistently give away leads and blow saves. They certainly do not have fielding errors, time and time again. The Phillies, still in June, are back to being a mess for the 10th year in a row. It’s frustrating, to say the least.