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There were few highlights for Phillies (19-30) fans on Wednesday, and memories of last week’s win streak are long gone after the Mets (27-21) completed their sweep of Philadelphia with a 7-0 win. Philadelphia ended its 10-game road trip with a 3-7 record and four game losing streak.
The Phillies are now 10 games behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East.
Making only his fourth career MLB start, Mets’ starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (2-2, 2.35 ERA) was dominant both on the hill and with his bat. He pitched into the 8th inning, giving up six hits while striking out six and walking zero. He also went 3-3 at the plate with a pair of singles and his first career home run, which turned out to be all the offense New York needed.
Meanwhile, Phillies’ starter Sean O’Sullivan suffered his worst start of the season. He pitched into the 6th inning but gave up seven earned runs while scattering 11 hits. He struck out two and walked one. He was hurt by the long ball, giving up four home runs, including a pair to Mets’ first baseman Paul Duda, who also added a double off O’Sullivan to raise his batting average to .305.
On the offensive side for Philadelphia, there obviously wasn’t too much to get excited about. Of their eight hits, only one went for extra bases, a pinch-hit double for Andres Blanco. Freddy Galvis, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard, the 2-4 hitters in the lineup, went a combined 0-10. Only Ben Revere and Grady Sizemore managed a multi-hit game, each going 2-4. The Phillies’ went 0-6 with runners in scoring position, and are hitting only .226 in that situation as a team this season.
After an off day on Thursday, the Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. They’ll have the right guy on the mound on Friday to end this losing streak, with Cole Hamels (5-3, 2.98 ERA) opposing Chad Bettis (1-0, 4.19 ERA).