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The Phillies were back in Philadelphia Monday to start a seven game homestand against the Mets and Padres.
On the hill for the Phillies was rookie left-hander Adam Morgan (4-4, 3.92 ERA) going up against Mets’ ace Jacob deGrom (12-6, 1.98 ERA). Morgan was coming off of arguably one of his best starts of his brief major league career against the Blue Jays last Wednesday where he allowed just two earned runs on five hits in seven innings pitched.
Unfortunately for Morgan, while he started the game Monday night shutting down the Mets with a 1-2-3 first inning, his success was short lived as the balls started flying out of Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies got on the board first. After Cesar Hernandez walked and Freddy Galvis singled to start the game, Ryan Howard lined a 1-out pitch over the left field fence to give the Phillies the early 3-0 lead.
The lead would be short lived though as a returning David Wright led off the top of the 2nd inning with a solo home run. Wright last played in a game back on April 14 against the Phillies.
While Cameron Rupp added a solo shot of his own for the Phillies in the bottom half of the inning and Domonic Brown raised the bar even further with a 3-run home run in the bottom of the third, the Mets offense ignited for 13 more runs between the third and seventh innings. Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Cuddyer added solo home runs, while Daniel Murphy added a two-run blast. Met second baseman Wilmer Flores added the most support with two home runs of his own scoring five more Mets’ runs. Heading into the top of seventh inning, the Mets now led by a 14-7 score.
While Adam Morgan certainly wasn’t sharp on the night for the Phils, lasting just 3 2/3 innings on the hill while scattering 7 hits and allowing 5 earned runs, striking out just 3 batters, neither was the bullpen. Neris and De Fratus would go on to allow 9 more earned.
Mets starter Jacob deGrom lasted just 2 2/3 innings allowing 6 earned runs (7 total) on 8 hits and 3 walks. His 3 strike out performance was the least he’s had in a start since striking out just 2 Cubs back on July 2nd.
The Mets added two more insurance runs in the top half of the 9th inning off the bat of anther Mets home run, this time from outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The home run from Cespedes meant that seven of the eight Mets starters had hit home runs tonight. Shortstop Ruben Tejada was not only the only one without a home run, but also the only starter without a hit.
The Phillies will look to even the series with the Mets Tuesday after falling Monday night by the score of 16-7.
- The 11 home runs hit between the Mets and Phillies were the most since May 17th, 1979 when the Cubs and Phillies combined for the same amount. The total tied a Major League Record.
- The 15 extra base hits allowed by the Phillies set a new team record for one game.
- The 16 runs scored by the Mets were the most they’ve scored in a game this season, besting their previous high of 15 back on July 25 when they defeated the Dodgers 15-2.