The Mets lost two contributors, then lost the winning streak in a heartbreaking one.
The Phillies cut a possible winning run at the plate in the ninth inning, and then scored a run in the 10th to seal a 2–1 victory in front of 38,467 at Citi Field on Friday night.
The Mets’ six-match winning streak came to an end as they lost just the third time in their last 18 matches. more importantly, They lost Eduardo Escobar and Jeff McNeil to injuries in the first two innings.,
Two days after Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez said he “hates” Phillies games because of his poor defense, the Philadelphia defense was the difference-maker.
In the ninth inning, with the score tied at 1–1, Starling Marte led with a double against Cerranthni Dominguez and moved to third on a deep fly-out from Francisco Lindor. Pete Alonso deliberately went on to bring in pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach, who tossed a medium-deep fly ball into left field. Matt Weirling of The Phillies threw a strike home, and Marte was tagged in by catcher JT Realmuto to send the game to 10th place.
Mets manager Buck Showalter went to Mychal Givens for the 10th, although Edwin Diaz had bowled just eight pitches before an innings. The Phillies passed ghost runner Bryson Stott to third on the groundout before Alec Bohm hit a middle-distance fly ball to Marte. The right fielder’s throw to Tomas Niedo was on time but was one-hopped by the catcher for a go-forward run.
Ghost runner Vogelbach was moved to third in the bottom of the 10th after a flyout from Mark Canha, former Yankee David Robertson hit watching Tyler Naquin, and Luis Guillorme placed first.
The Mets (73-40) fell 6½ games ahead of the Braves before Atlanta’s game ended.
Max Schaezer, who needed 43 pitches to go through two innings, somehow lasted seven one-run innings, in which he constantly flirted with danger and found his way relentlessly.
The Phillies tagged him for nine hits, but dropped eight at base, including seven in the first four innings.
Scherzer, who lowered his ERA to 1.93, got better as the night got longer. He allowed only two batsmen to reach in his last three innings, and one of them led to the infallible defense behind Scherzer in first place. In the sixth inning, Derrick Hall hit a one-liner towards Kanha, who was forced to play third base, and could not clear the one-hopper.
Scherzer quickly propelled a double-play ball from Jean Segura, which left him frustrated by the subject of the defense, but Scherzer got up.
By the top of the third, the Mets were tied, but two starts down.
Escobar, who had started the game on the defensive, left after a left-handed clutch. He was ready to undergo imaging, Mets said. Guillaume pinch-hit to Escobar in the bottom of the second inning.
In the next frame, McNeil did not take the field because of what the team said was a right thumb wound. At the bottom of the second, McNeil was knocked out at first by Rhys Hoskins and attempted to roll awkwardly under Hoskins’ tag.
Without McNeil, the Mets placed Guillorm in second place and moved Kanaha from left field to third base (a position he had played in four major league games and none since 2016), while Tyler Naquin moved to left. entered the field to play.
Any extended loss to McNeil, who was on a 13-game hitting streak in which he was batting .407, would have hurt.
Infielders Daven Marrero and Gosuke Katoh, neither of whom are on the 40-man roster, were pulled early from the game at Triple-A Syracuse. It is unclear whether their early exits were related to Escobar and McNeil’s injuries.
All things considered, Scherzer and the Mets were thrilled to be down just 1-0 after an innings and a half.
The Phillies struck first when Bryson Stott led with a double and a single by Bohm.
In the second, the Phillies loaded the bases with two infield hits and walks. The first single off the ball to hit the bag was from Jean Segura. Escobar couldn’t adjust fast enough. The second was a hot shot from Hoskins which Escobar could not clear with a backhand. But Scherzer fielded Bohm to trap all three runners, although he had thrown 44 pitches in two innings.
The struggle – and the escape – continued in the fourth, when Naquin was tested left-center with two line drives that were out of his reach. Again the Phillies placed second and third place runners, but Scherzer got Hoskins to fly to end the innings.