Phillies waste strong start from Ranger Suarez, fall to the New York Mets 2-0 in series opener
Suarez was on the mound last night for the Philadelphia Phillies and finally looked more like his old self compared to what he’s done since returning from the injured list on May 13th.
Entering last night’s game, Suarez coughed up a total of 12 runs in just 11 innings pitched and was in desperate need of a bounce-back performance.
He delivered, tossing a season-high 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits while walking two.
Ranger Suarez Delivered. Phillies Offense Did Not.
Ranger retired the first 11 batters he faced and coughed up his first run of the game in the bottom of the forth inning to Francisco Lindor on a solo shot to left-center field.
From there, Suarez pitched settled back in, pitching into the seventh inning before he was pulled for Connor Brogdon. He was then charged with his second run courtesy of a single from Eduardo Escobar to score Starling Marte.
Why Thomson pulled Ranger Suarez is beyond me.
Last night seemed like the perfect opportunity to allow a starting pitcher to continue deep into the game but hey, that’s just one of the many questionable moves that the Phillies have made over the first two months of the season, right?
We can dive into those issues another time. Suarez and the bullpen still managed to allow just two runs on the night and the Phillies lost the game 2-0 so it’s pretty easy to see where the problem was last night.
The Phillies only managed to muster up one hit against Kodai Senga, courtesy of Kody Clemens in the top of the third inning.
Side Note: Nimmo’s catch actually wasn’t that great and he celebrated like the complete loser that he is. Castellanos’ catch was way better.
Regardless, on the night, they only had two total hits, with the second coming in a pinch hit at-bat from Josh Harrison off David Robertson in the ninth.
Up Next for the Phillies
With the loss, the Phillies fell back to four games under .500 at 25-29. They are 6.5 games behind the first place Atlanta Braves and 2.5 games behind the Mets and Marlins.
The official unofficial start of the 2023 MLB season is tomorrow on June 1st, but the Phillies from top to bottom, need to start playing like the all-star team they are expected to be.
Aaron Nola takes the mound tonight looking to rebound after getting roughed up in Atlanta over the weekend.