After a heart breaking extra inning loss Thursday night, the Phillies remained in Flushing, NY in hopes to rebound against the Mets. Unfortunately, there was not much about this weekend the Phillies will want to remember.
Jeremy Hellickson (12-8; 3.78 ERA) took the mound for the Phillies on Friday night. Hellickson uncharacteristically struggled as he gave up six earned runs over 4.1 innings pitched. With the Phillies down 7-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Darin Ruf hit a pinch hit two-run home run to bring the score to within two runs. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the Mets tacked on three more runs to win 10-5.
Saturday night saw the Phillies bats come alive. The Phillies busted out of the gate with 10 runs throughout the first five innings. Alec Asher (2-0; 1.66 ERA) started off strong as he did not give up one run during his first four frames. The ten runs were highlighted by home runs from Maikel Franco and Ruf. Mets starter Sean Gilmartin (0-1; 7.13 ERA) did not even make it out of the first inning, pitching 2/3 of the frame. In what should have been a easy victory for Philadelphia, the bullpen almost blew their 10-0 lead. Thanks in part to an error by Franco, the Mets were able to score four runs in the fifth inning. After adding two more runs in the sixth inning, the Mets brought it to within three runs in the eighth inning with an RBI double from Gavin Cecchini. Jay Bruce made it interesting in the ninth inning as he opened it up with a solo shot. Luckily for the Phillies, that is as close as the Mets would get as the Phillies went on to win 10-8.
On Sunday, there was more than just baseball on the minds of players, coaches, and fans everywhere as MLB mourned the loss of Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. Fernandez tragically lost his live in the early hours of Sunday in a boating accident. All of MLB, including the Mets/Phillies game, honored Fernandez with a moment of silence before each game today. On the baseball side of things, Sunday was a season low for Philadelphia. The Phillies were only able to put together three hits against Robert Gsellman (3-2; 2.56 ERA). What could be worse than only getting three hits? Try giving up 14 hits which result in 17 runs. While only giving up three earned runs, Jake Thompson (3-6; 5.70 ERA) took the loss for Philadelphia. The bullpen again stumbled as they surrendered the final 14 runs. The Phillies went on to lose 17-0.
As the final week of the season approaches, the Phillies hope to end 2016 on a positive note. The Phillies head to Atlanta for the final time this season for a three-game series. First pitch is Tuesday at 7:10pm.