Phillies Split Mother’s Day Doubleheader With Mets
The Phillies took the first game of a Mothers Day Doubleheader 3-2, handing Max Scherzer his first loss in almost a full calendar year.
The Mets struck back in the second game, behind 5 RBI from Pete Alonso defeating the Phillies 6-1.
The Phillies took game one primarily behind the efforts of Bryce Harper who had two RBI including a solo home run off Max Scherzer in the 1st inning.
Kyle Gibson improved his record on the season to 3-1 and has arguably been the Phillies best starting pitcher over the first month of the season while posting a sub-3 ERA. Gibson scattered six hits over six innings of work and more importantly did not walk a single batter.
Seranthony Dominguez, Jose Alvarado, and Corey Knebel combined to pitch 3 innings allowing no hits while walking three batters.
Bryson Stott had what proved to be the game-winning single in the 4th inning when he flared a single to left field putting the Phillies up 3-0.
That’s a solid win for the Phils who bounced back after giving up a six-run lead in the 9th inning on Thursday night. Max Scherzer suffered his first loss since last May 30, ending a string of 24 straight starts without a loss.
The second game of the doubleheader could have very well been named the Pete Alonso Show as the Mets first basemen ripped two long balls driving in a total of five runs.
With Zach Eflin and Zack Wheeler on the Covid list, the Phils opted for a bullpen game with Christopher Sanchez starting. Sanchez allowed a two-run home run to Pete Alonso in the 1st inning and Nick Nelson was roughed up for 3 more runs courtesy of Alonso in the 4th inning.
Can we all agree that starting the game with your worst relief pitchers is a bad idea? I don’t care what the Tampa Bay Rays and other small-market teams are doing. Christopher Sanchez and Nick Nelson should never be relied on to win a game against a division rival. It’s a crime that the Phillies don’t have more depth in their minor league system. But that’s nothing new, we have all known that for a long time.
Chris Bassitt was solid for the Mets, tossing 5.2 innings allowing only one run while scattering five hits.
Overall, scoring four combined runs over the two games of the doubleheader simply won’t get the job done. It’s a miracle that the Phils managed to hold onto the lead in game one against Max Scherzer, otherwise they would have been facing the disastrous results of being swept in a three-game series.
The Phillies head out to the West Coast for a 7-game road trip that begins tomorrow night against the Seattle Mariners.
Phillies (12-15) Beat Mets (19-10)
- Winning Pitcher: Kyle Gibson (3-1. 2.94)
- Losing Pitcher: Max Scherzer (4-1, 2.92)
- Save: Corey Knebel (5, 3.00)
Mets (20-10) Beat Phillies (12-16)
- Winning Pitcher: Chris Bassitt (4-2, 2.45)
- Losing Pitcher: Christopher Sanchez (0-1, 5.84)
- Save: n/a
Bryce Harper crushed this fastball from Max Scherzer and then appropriately thanked his mother.
Another RBI for Bryce Harper as he lined a base hit into center field to increase the Phils lead.
Bryson Stott lined an RBI single off Max Scherzer into shallow left field, scoring Jean Segura, for what would prove to be the winning run for the Phils.
Alec Bohm turns the clutch double play for the Phils, but the Mets still managed to put a run on the board.
Francisco Lindor brings the Mets within one run with this long RBI double that got caught up in the strong wind giving Nick Castellanos trouble.
Seranthony Dominguez managed to escape the 7th inning in which he walked the first two batters. Dominguez proceeded to strike out the final two batters including this heater to get Guillorme.
Corey Knebel picks up the save as the Phils take game 1 of the doubleheader.
Phillies win 3-2
Pete Alonso with the first of his two home runs on the day off of Christopher Sanchez.
An opposite-field home run for Jean Segura, the 100th in his career cuts the Mets lead to one run.
Pete Alonso with a 3-run bomb to put the Mets up big.
Andrew Bellatti throws a wild pitch that Garret Stubbs is unable to handle giving the Mets another run.
The Phillies will fly across the country tonight in preparation for their 3 game series in Seattle against the Mariners.
Ranger Suarez (2-1, 4.63) will toe the rubber facing off against Chris Flexen (1-4, 3.10) with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 pm.
NBC Sports will carry the broadcast of the game.
Mandatory Photo Credit: NBC Sports