October 2, 2023

Mets’ rotation outduels Phillies in crucial three-game set


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The Phillies took a trip to Flushing on Friday night and the game was the outcome that Philadelphia sports fans were looking for—a huge win. They got the job done with a victory against one of the best pitchers in the league, Max Scherzer. Unfortunately, things did not go well from there. The lack of offense from the Phillies made any quality pitching useless, and the Mets were able to soar to victory in the final two games in New York.

Game summaries

Phillies starting pitcher, Ranger Suarez did an excellent job as he pitched seven innings, giving up only three hits and one earned run.

Bryson Stott gave the Phillies an electric boost as he hit a double that bounced off the right-field wall. Moments later, Alec Bohm came to bat and hit a single to right center and scored Stott.

The scoring was very quiet from the bottom of the second to the tenth inning as Suarez and Scherzer were in a competitive pitcher’s duel that limited both offenses. And if it wasn’t for Mark Cahna’s sacrifice fly in the second inning, Ranger Suarez and the Phillies could have shut out the Mets to start the series.

Instead, the game was tied after nine innings.

In the bottom of the tenth, Mychal Givens came in to pitch for the Mets. Alec Bohm faced Givens and stroked one to right field and scored Bryson Stott to give the Phillies a 2-1 edge.

The Phillies won, 2-1, and took game one of three thanks to a gutsy performance by David Robertson.

On Saturday night, the Phillies tried to battle out the most talented pitcher in the major leagues, Jacob DeGrom. He had an excellent night making the Phillies offense stay off-balanced by mixing his slider and fastball. The Mets edged the Phillies in a very tight game.

Phillies starter Aaron Nola was terrific on the mound Saturday evening. Nola retired seventeen straight Mets at one point. He ended up going eight innings as he was electric while he allowed four hits, walked one batter, and struck out eight on ninety-six pitches. It was easily one of Nola’s best outings in any start he made this season.

The only run that the Phillies allowed, which happened in the bottom of the first, was a single by Pete Alonso that scored Starling Marte to put the Mets in the driver’s seat.

The Phillies’ bats had an off night as you Phillies fans could see They couldn’t produce in the majority of their at-bats, the Mets beat them to it and scored first.

In game three, the Mets and Phillies faced off in the rubber match of their three-game series, and it didn’t go well at all for the Phillies. The Mets cruised through the game and beat the Phils and won the series.

Zach Wheeler started for the Phillies and it became a nightmare in a blink of an eye, as the Mets pulled the trigger and loaded runs onto the scoreboard early in the game. Wheeler went six innings, allowed six earned runs, and struck out five batters.

The Phillies’ offensive game was terrible. Swings and misses were happening at a rapid pace, and the Phillies were hitless with runners in scoring position.

No need to worry

Should Phillies fans worry more about this series loss? No, the season is far from overt.

The Phillies faced two generational talents in Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom. And game three was nothing more than a bump in the road, something that even the best teams will face. If they can hit better in their games next weekend versus the Mets, then it’ll be a whole new ballgame.

Have the Phillies found a new leadoff hitter?

Bryson Stott was very impressive as he finished the game going 3-for-4, with a double, hit by pitch, and two singles. His contact on hitting is continuing to be stellar in big moments when the Phillies offense needs it most against more talented teams like the Mets. It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out for Stott. He has the capabilities to be a leadoff hitter, but some are not convinced that he is ready for such an important task this early in his major league career.

The Phillies will face the Reds at Great American Ballpark beginning Monday.

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