Phillies offense blanked for second straight game, drop series rubber match to Mets 6-0
The Phillies were shutout in consecutive games by the Mets for the first time since 2010 as they dropped the deciding game of the series 6-0 at Citi Field.
Mets (75-40) Beat Phillies (63-51)
- Winning Pitcher: Chris Bassitt (10-7, 3.27)
- Losing Pitcher: Zack Wheeler (11-6, 2.92)
- Save: n/a
Zack Wheeler flat out didn’t have his best stuff today and allowed 9 hits en route to one of his worst starts of the season. Wheeler gave up 6 earned runs over 6 innings against his former team and was only able to strike out 5 batters over 92 pitches.
It really didn’t matter however, as the Phillies offense continued to scuttle without slugger Kyle Schwarber in the lineup. They were shutout for the second consecutive game in New York for the first time in a decade, despite tagging Mets pitching for 9 hits.
The Phillies offense simply was unable to move runners once they reached base, as they left 12 men on base and were 0-10 with runners in scoring position. It was an issue in the first game of the series which they somehow managed to win after scoring only 2 runs on 10 hits.
Chris Bassitt was solid for the Mets this afternoon but was by no means pitching lights out. In the 4th inning the Phils had their first two batters reach base on singles, yet a combination of JT Realmuto, Nick Castellanos, and Darick Hall were unable to advance the runners.
In the 5th inning Bassitt once again found himself in trouble after he allowed a double to Brandon Marsh following a throwing error which also allowed Jean Segura to reach on a single. Alec Bohm would come up with the bases loaded and 2 outs after a Rhys Hoskins walk and softly lined out to second base ending the inning
The Phillies have dropped three of four after winning seven straight.
Obviously not winning the series is a disappointment for the Phils, who came into the weekend playing their best baseball of the season despite still being without Bryce Harper. This afternoon’s game wasn’t particularly competitive, but the first two contests were played extremely close against the hottest team in baseball after the all-star break.
This series had the atmosphere of a playoff matchup and I think it shouldn’t be overlooked that the Phillies held their own without their best two offensive players. Losing a tight series to a playoff team is fine, but if the Phillies are going. to make the playoffs they need to continue their recent trend of beating up on the bad teams around the league.
It just so happens they open up a three game set against the Cincinnati Reds tomorrow night who are tied for the second worst record in the National League this season.
Sounds like a Phillies sweep to me.
Francisco Lindor puts the Mets ahead in the 1st inning with an RBI bloop single to right field that Nick Castellanos had no chance to reach.
Mark Canha doubles the Mets lead with an RBI single to right field as Pete Alonso beats the throw to home plate. Then Luis Guillorme bloops a base hit to left field adding on to the Mets lead in the 4th inning.
James McCann hits yet another Mets blooper that is misplayed by centerfielder Brandon Marsh. I am not. sure what the hell Marsh was doing here and am confused that he didn’t receive an error.
My favorite player in baseball Daniel Vogelbach takes Zack Wheeler deep in the 6th inning.
Corey Knebel has to exit the ballgame after experiencing discomfort following a pitch to Francisco Lindor. Hopefully he wont be forced to make a trip to the injured list.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies travel to Cincinnati on Monday to open a three game series against the Reds at Great American Ballpark.
Noah Syndergaard (6-8, 3.96) will toe the rubber facing off against Mike Minor (1-9, 6.24) with the first pitch scheduled for 6:40 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
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