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On Monday night, the Phillies sent rookie Jerad Eickhoff to the hill to to face veteran righty of the New York Mets, Bartolo Colon.
While Eickhoff was sharp for much of the night, he had two mistake pitches in the bottom half of the fifth inning which Mets outfielders Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson sailed over the outfield wall. The home runs, Conforto’s 4th of his young career and Granderson’s 23rd on the season, were ultimately all the Mets would need to secure the victory over the Phillies.
Eickhoff finished the night going 7 innings while surrendering the 3 earned runs on 4 hits and 2 BB’s with just 4 strikeouts. The 3 runs raised Eickhoff’s season ERA to 2.84.
While Eickhoff pitched great for much of the game, Colon was flawless on the mound. Colon bested Eickhoff with 8 innings pitched, giving up just 4 hits and 1 BB on 9 strikeouts. The 8 scoreless dropped Colon’s ERA to 4.42.
The Phillies would ultimately steal a run in the top half of the ninth inning after Jeff Francoeur brought home a run after a bases loaded, broken bat double play. Andres Blanco would end the rally with a two-out strikeout to end the game.
Final Score: Mets 3, Phillies 1
- Curtis Granderson’s home run was his 260th of his career
- The Phillies have now lost 10 consecutive games to the New York Mets. This ties a franchise record that was set back on June 28, 1972.
The Phillies and Mets will continue their series on Tuesday night as RHP Aaron Harang (5-14, 4.79 ERA) takes the hill against LHP Jon Niese (8-9, 3.95 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:10 PM.