Mets No-Hit Phillies, Win 3-0 on Melancholy Day for Philadelphia fans
Five pitchers combined to toss the 2nd no-hitter in team history and the first of the 2021 season, as the Mets completely shutdown the Phillies 3-0, Friday night at Citi Field.
The Phillies getting blanked by the Mets Friday night only added to what what was already a solemn and melancholy day for Philadelphia sports fans following the news of Joel Embiid’s injury.
This was the first no-hitter against the Phillies since Josh Beckett pitched one for the Dodgers in 2014.
Together Tylor MeGill, Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz threw 159 pitches and combined to allowed six Phillies base runners to reach base through walks, in what was the 16th combined no-hitter in MLB history.
MeGill, making his fifth start of the year, picked up the win behind five strong innings in which he struck out five batters. He was by no means dominant, but the Phillies one after another failed to produce quality at-bats.
Aaron Nola pitched well despite sliding to 1-3 on the young season. Nola threw six innings allowing three runs, while striking out nine Mets hitters. Nola made it through 4 innings, allowing only two hits, before finally yielding runs in the 5th and 6th innings.
Jeff McNeil had a two RBI single in the 5th and Pete Alonso followed with a solo home run in the 6th to put the Mets ahead 3-0.
While this certainly doesn’t carry the same sting as say, Max Scherzer or Jacob DeGrom going nine innings, it’s still getting no hit and shut-out by your hated rivals.
This is really falling back to earth for a Phillies team fresh off a four game sweep of the Rockies in which they looked locked-in offensively by scoring 32 total runs.
Honestly, I don’t see any reason to panic. Even good teams get no-hit and it rarely means anything for the future offensive output of a baseball team. That being said I would not have picked the Phillies top-ten offense to be the first to get blanked this season.
Am I hurt? Yes..
Humbled? Of course!
Do I think we can beat the Mets tomorrow tomorrow night? Abso-fucking-lutely.
Mets (15-6) Beat Phillies (10-11)
- Winning Pitcher: Tylor MeGill (4-0, 1.93)
- Losing Pitcher: (1-3, 3.90)
- Save: Edwin Diaz (4)
Aaron Nola allowed a base runner in the 1st inning but got Mets center fielder Starling Marte to ground in a timely double play.
Aaron Nola got Francisco Lindor chasing the high heat in the 4th inning.
Jeff McNeil drove in two runs with this RBI single in the 5th inning, in what would ultimately be enough to secure the victory.
Aaron Nola allows his fifth home run of the season to Pete Alonso who crushed this solo shot 382 feet to left field.
Nick Nelson managed to escape trouble in the 8th inning by striking out the last two hitters stranding two runners in scoring position
Edwin Diaz had dominant stuff in the 9th inning. He got Harper, Castellanos and Realmuto swinging no-hitting the Phillies.
Not much else to say…pain.
The Phillies will look to actually get a hit and save face Saturday, as they take on Mets in the second game of the series at Citi Field.
Kyle Gibson (2-1) will toe the rubber facing off against Taijuan Walker (0-0) with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm.
FS1 will carry the game on national television.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will also carry the broadcast of the game.