Phillies Stumble Against Mets; Lose 2 of 3 In Weekend Series

The Philadelphia Phillies were probably the only team who didn’t want the All-Star break to come.  The Phillies won seven of their last ten games prior to the break as they welcomed the New York Mets into town.  Unfortunately, the time off did not help the Phillies as they lost two of three games against their division foes.

Friday night saw trade candidate Jeremy Hellickson (6-7; 4.03 ERA) face off against the ageless veteran Bartolo Colon (8-4; 3.11 ERA). The Mets jumped on the board first with with a solo shot from Juan Lagares in the third inning.  In the top of the sixth inning, Neil Walker joined in on the fun with a three-run bomb of his own.  In the Phillies half of the frame, they matched Walker’s three runs with a RBI from Maikel Franco, Cody Asche, and Peter Bourjos.  With the Phillies down 4-3 in the top of the seventh inning, Phillie killer Jose Reyes had a RBI off of a fielder’s choice.  The Mets went on to win, 5-3.

The Phillies sought revenge on Saturday night as they sent Jared Eickhoff (6-10; 3.76 ERA) to the mound.  Ryan Howard got the bats going in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run off of Mets starter Logan Verrett (3-6; 4.21 ERA).  Reyes quickly answered back in the top of the third inning with another RBI to tie the game 1-1.  Travis d’Arnaud gave the Mets the lead with a RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth inning.  The Phillies fought back and gave the Phillies the win thanks to RBI’s from Asche, Franco, and a wild pitch in the eighth inning that scored Carlos Ruiz.  The Phillies tied the series by winning 4-2.

Sunday was a rubber match between the NL East rivals.  Jacob deGrom (6-4; 2.38 ERA) shined as he outpitched Phillies starter Zach Eflin (2-3; 4.14 ERA).  deGrom pitched a complete game one-hit shut out against the Phils.  Their lone hit was from Eflin himself as the starting eight went hitless for Philadelphia.  The Mets scored three of their five runs off of Eflin while the other two were credited to reliever Andrew Bailey (3-0; 5.34 ERA).  The Phillies fell to the Mets, 5-0.

The Phillies hope to rebound as they welcome the Miami Marlins to Citizens Bank Park for a four-game series.  Game one is tomorrow with first pitch at 7:05pm.

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