Phillies fall to the Mets 9-6, losing two of three in the series
After the Phillies loaded the bases in the first inning against Max Scherzer and plated zero runs, you had to know that this ball game wasn’t going to go in their favor. After four hours and 14 minutes, the Phillies lost 9-6 to the Mets, dropping two of three games in their second series of the 2022 MLB season.
The Phillies couldn’t capitalize on any big opportunities today. After failing to get anyone home in the first, they left runners on the corners after Gregorius and Johan Camargo both struck out. Didi in particular was awful today, leaving six runners on base and four in scoring position.
Aaron Nola was on the mound and looked promising through the first two innings before Brandon Nimmo, who drives me absolutely insane, (in a bad way), took Nola yard to deep right-center for his second home run over the past two games.
Nola ran into some trouble in the fourth inning and that pretty much did it for him on the day, finishing the day allowing three runs in three in a third innings with three walks and three strikeouts.
Injury Note: Phillies second baseman Jean Segura left in the sixth after getting hit by a pitch in his left forearm. He made his way to first base and was looked at by a trainer before coming out of the game.
Mets (5-2) Beat Phillies (3-3)
- Winning Pitcher: Max Scherzer (2-0)
- Losing Pitcher: Aaron Nola (1-1)
- Save: Edwin Diaz (2)
Brandon Nimmo hurt the Phillies the entire series hitting a solo shot off Nola in the 3rd inning to put the Mets up 1-0.
Pete Alonso put the Mets up 2-0 with his first of three extra base hits on the day.
Aaron Nola hit Jeff McNeil with an inside fastball to force in a run with the bases loaded putting the Mets up 3-0. This proved to be the last pitch of the day for Nola who stumbled through a 20-pitch 4th inning. Nola took the loss dropping him to 1-1 on the season in a start that saw him throw only 61% of his pitches for strikes while allowing 3 walks and hitting a batter.
Pete Alonso led the way for the Mets with 5 RBI’s including this double off the wall, scoring Francisco Lindor, and putting the Mets up 4-1.
Pete Alonso absolutely hammered this Connor Brogdon fastball to deep left center for a three-run blast putting the Mets ahead 8-1.
It looked like the Phillies may have found magic in the 7th inning when Nick Castellanos knocked in one run with a broken bat double cutting the lead to 8-4.
Alec Bohm managed to knock in one run with a sac fly bringing the lead to only 3 runs with a man still in scoring position. Bohm received a standing ovation in Tuesday’s game that was completely ignored by the national media, as they continue to frame Philadelphia fans as the biggest monsters on planet Earth.
With Adam Ottavino seemingly on the ropes, Didi Gregorius flied out weakly to shortstop and Bryson Stott hit a hard line drive directly at Starling Marte, ending the inning without seriously threatening the Mets lead.
Bryce Harper managed to send a 100 mph four seam fastball from Edwin Diaz to the opposite field for a solo shot. It was too little, too late for a Phillies offense that has had long droughts of offense production early in the season. The bats, not the pitching, were supposed to carry this 2022 squad. But Kyle Schwarber, JT Realmuto, and Bryce Harper are hitting just a combined 9-for-63 (.143) on the young season. Schwarber is especially struggling going 0-18 with 8 K’s in as many at bats.
The Phillies will look to rebound Thursday night in Miami against the Marlins, who have stumbled out of the gate, losing four of their first five.
Kyle Gibson (1-0) will make his second start of the season against Sandy Alcantra (0-0) with the first pitch scheduled for 6:40 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia carry the broadcast of the game.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Inquirer