The Philadelphia Phillies have lost their third loss in two days to the New York Mets at Citi Field on Wednesday night. The Mets scored two runs against Zack Wheeler in the first inning on their way to a 5-1 victory.
After starting the season 5-1, the Phils have lost five of the first six games on the seven-game road trip. They’re 6-6. The Mets are 5-3.
Here are three takeaways:
Offense is still sleeping
Mets lefty David Peterson held the Phils to just two hits and a run over six walk-free innings and struck out 10.
The Phillies have scored just four runs in the first three games of this series. They were swept in a doubleheader Tuesday and were shut out in the second game. Strikeouts continue to destroy this offense. The Phils struck out 14 times in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. They also struck out 14 times Wednesday night and now have 121 Ks in just 12 games.
The Phils had just three hits in the game, two singles and a homer by Jean Segura. Segura also had one of the singles.
The Mets had 12 hits.
The Phils have just 15 hits in the first three games of the series and two of them have gone for extra bases.
The right-hander went through a 29-pitch first inning and allowed two runs on three hits and a double-play ball. After that, he did not allow another run until the seventh and that was after a potential inning-ending double-play ball became a hit because of an infield shift.
Wheeler’s command was off for the second straight outing and he worked a high pitch count, but he got big outs in keeping the game close.
Big turnaround for Peterson
The Phillies pounded Peterson for seven hits, including two homers, and six runs in an 8-2 win at Citizens Bank Park last week.
This time it was the other way around. Peterson dominated the Phillies.
He struck out seven of the Phillies’ first 11 hitters.
Peterson did not give up a hit until Segura’s solo homer with one out in the fifth inning. The next hit he allowed was a single to Rhys Hoskins in the sixth.
Peterson did give up a hard shot to deep left to J.T. Realmuto in the second inning. It was ruled an error when it hit off left fielder Dominic Smith’s glove.
The 6-6 Phillies will wrap up the four-game series with the Mets Thursday afternoon at 12:00 P.M. E.S.T.