Throttled! Phillies Drop Second Consecutive Game to Mets 8-2
The Phillies were throttled by the New York Mets on Saturday night, dropping their second consecutive game in Flushing 8-2.
Mets (31-17) Beat Phillies (21-26)
- Winning Pitcher: Taijuan Walker (3-0, 2.83)
- Losing Pitcher: Zach Eflin (1-4, 4.60)
- Save: n/a
What else is there to say at this point? The Phillies stink and are being led by a lame duck manager with the temperament of a three-toed sloth.
Adding to the pain, was the absolutely garbage broadcast courtesy of Fox Sports tonight. John Smoltz, who hates the Phillies because he pitched for the Braves for 15 years, didn’t miss a chance to rip into the visiting team. At one point, Fox asked Brandon Nimmo to do the play-by-play, during a live interview from inside the dugout.
The Phillies are now a season high five games under .500 and just 4-9 since the uplifting 5-2 west coast road trip, that ended with a series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Thank god, we waited 24 hours so Zach Eflin could come in and deliver a quality start when the Phillies really needed it! Oh wait, that didn’t happen, as Eflin got absolutely lit up for 7 ER and 8 hits over six innings.
Eflin allowed three runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth, behind some truly comical glove work, or lack there of, from the Phillies defenders. It also didn’t help that during the 3rd inning it began pouring rain, worsening the grip on Eflin’s pitches and probably contributing to the go-ahead three run bomb he allowed to Jeff McNeil. Johan
Camargo dropped an easy pop up in foul territory for what should have been the first out but ended up unnecessarily extended the 3rd inning. In the fourth inning, Kyle Schwarber and Odubel Herrera collided while both tracking a deep fly ball up against the left field fence. Both were unable to come up with the ball, allowing two runs to score and Francisco Lindor to easily reach third base for a triple. All we needed was the Benny Hill music playing and they could have sold these errors on a blooper reel.
JT Realmuto provided the only positive highlight on the night for the visiting Phils, driving in two runs with a single in the 4th inning. Otherwise it was all Mets and all a big embarrassment for a team that entered the season with playoff aspirations.
The Phillies will look to avoid the sweep and also prevent the Mets from opening up a double digit division lead before we even reach June. Its been a terrible weekend for the organization as reports surfaced Saturday that the Phillies ownership has been penny-pinching regarding housing for their players in the minor leagues.
Zack Wheeler gets the baseball for Sunday Night Baseball tomorrow night on ESPN with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
JT Realmuto knocks in two runs with an RBI single in the 4th inning.
Jeff McNeil makes Zach Eflin pay with a 3 run bomb into the upper deck.
Johan Camargo misplays what should have been an easy catch in foul territory to extend a big 4th inning for the Mets.
Francisco Lindor motors around the bases for a triple as Kyle Schwarber and Odubel Herrera comically run into each other against the wall in left field. Oh boys this team sucks so much in the field.
Francisco Lindor with an RBI single in the 7th inning to extend the Phils lead.
The Phillies will look to bounce back in the final game of a three game series against the division leading New York Mets in Flushing on Sunday night.
Zack Wheeler (3-3, 3.38) will toe the rubber facing off against Chris Bassitt (4-2, 3.91), with the first pitch scheduled for 7:08 pm.
ESPN will carry the broadcast of the game which is Sunday Night Baseball.