Apr 9, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Photo Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
In a series where the Phillies started off right where they had left off against the Cincinnati Reds, the Phils bounced back in a big way and took 2-of-3 against the New York Mets in Flushing, NY this weekend.
Friday afternoon’s matchup had Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff against Mets starter Jacob deGrom for the Mets Home Opener at Citi Field. The game started as a pitchers duel, as it saw both teams tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Eickhoff saw three batters in the sixth inning until he was pulled for a struggling Philadelphia bullpen. The Mets scored six times throughout the sixth and seventh innings which put the game out of reach for the Phillies. The Phils were able to score one more time with an RBI from Cesar Hernandez in the eigth inning, but it would not be enough as the Phillies fell to the Mets, 7-2. Notable was deGrom who left the game after six innings pitched with some shoulder stiffness under his right arm pit.
The Phillies finally put one in the win column on Saturday. Phillies had Vince Velasquez on the mound facing veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon. Saturday’s matchup was all about pitching. Both starters went six innings. The difference? A Ryan Howard solo shot in the fifth inning that ended up being the only run scored for either club the entire game. This was Howard’s second bomb of the season. The Phillies bullpen was brilliant and did not surrender a run the entire game. Jeanmar Gomez notched his first save of the 2016 season.
After winning their first game of the 2016 season, the Phillies were hoping to add their first series win of 2016 as well. Opening Day started Jeremy Hellickson battled Mets phenom Matt Harvey Sunday afternoon. Once again, both clubs bats were close to silent to start off as the game was 1-0 entering the sixth inning, in favor of Philadelphia. The lone run was attributed to an RBI sacrifice fly off of the bat of shortstop Freddy Galvis in the third inning, scoring right fielder Peter Bourjos. Both clubs center fielders exchanged two-run home runs in the sixth inning, as Odubel Herrera and Yoenis Cespedes each went yard. Philadelphia was able to tack on two more runs in the eighth and ninth inning for insurance. The Mets were never able to answer and fell to the Phillies, 5-2.
The Phillies look to make it three in a row and add to their winning streak as they head on home to Philadelphia for their 2016 Home Opener against the San Diego Padres. Aaron Nola will make his home debut against Padres Andrew Cashner. First pitch is at 3:05pm at Citizens Bank Park.