October 2, 2023

Phillies swept by Mets, concerns flying around


John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies came into Citi Field on Tuesday night trying to turn things around after coming off a poor performance Sunday night against a really good, solid Atlanta Braves team.

The Phillies’ bats weren’t shining as Mets pitcher, Kodai Senga, was locked in and pitched a heck of a game with nine strikeouts in seven innings.

Although the Mets took control all game offensively, Phillies starting pitcher, Ranger Suarez pitched a terrific game besides giving up one home run and five hits. Suarez pitched 6.2 innings. His pitching looked great in the first four innings and then it went downhill from there.

In the bottom of the 4th, Mets Francisco Lindor hit a solo home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. As I mentioned above, Suarez was dialed in and looked like he was going to be in the game for a while but the Mets came around with another big insurance hit to bring in a run in the bottom of the seventh that made it 2-0 Mets.

The Mets took game one of the three-game series with a final score of 2-0. The Phillies will now look to tie the series up with Aaron Nola pitching on Wednesday.

You could tell that the Mets were in good spirits in front of their home crowd as they produced when they needed to. The question is how will the Phillies’ defensive efforts later down the road affect their outcomes.
The Philadelphia Phillies didn’t look like themselves offensively as they weren’t hitting the ball as they were supposed to be a team with high expectations. The only positive outcome was Edmundo Sosa’s solo home run in the top of the third inning.

Mets’ Mark Canha was spectacular at the plate as he smashed a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the third that made the score 2-1. Not only did he have a two-run homer, he brought in more insurance later in the game with a deep single that scored two runs that made the score 4-1.

Phillies starting pitcher, Aaron Nola, didn’t have a good outing at all as the Mets just took over and embraced the opportunities that they had.
The Phillies have now lost three straight games and will try to bounce back and avoid the sweep Thursday afternoon.

When will Trea Turner and J.T. Realmuto be out of their slump at the plate? Who knows. Time will only tell what they can do to help a five-game below .500 team get over the hump.

The Philadelphia Phillies tried to avoid a sweep at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon but they couldn’t get anything going late in the game as their offensive performances were dead.

The only good outcome that happened in this game was Nick Castellanos getting the ball on the bat that drove in two runners which made the score, 2-0 in the top of the first.

In the bottom of the third, Jeff McNeil singled to center field, bringing Brandon Nimmo home and Francisco Lindor to third which made it a one-run game where the Phillies had a 2-1 lead.

Met’s Mark Canha continued to spark as he made noise in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run go-ahead home run that made the score 3-2.
Kyle Schwarber is really irritating the fanbase of Philadelphia with his struggles throughout his plate appearances. Schwarber couldn’t do one positive thing in the whole series. It will definitely concern a lot of people who are Phillies fans. We will see what happens to him in the next series.
Another concerning thing for this fanbase is Taijuan Walker and his health. He didn’t have anything solid on Thursday’s loss where he only pitched four innings, and gave up three earned runs, and two strikeouts.

Next up, the Phillies will travel South to Washington D.C. to play a weekend series vs. the 24-32 Nationals starting Friday, June 2nd at 7:05 pm ET on NBC Sports Philadelphia and 94.1 WIP.

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