In the end, it wasn't even a fair fight.
A little over a week ago, the Phillies came home to Citizens Bank Park looking to do some damage during an 11-game homestand. Instead, they leave for Washington, DC having gone 4-7 on that homestand, including losing four out of five to a New York team that, quite frankly, is pretty terrible in their own right.
After back-to-back 14 inning affairs and an 11-inning game on Sunday, the Mets made sure there would be no bonus baseball in the series finale. They jumped out to a 5-0 lead, thanks to an RBI double by Lucas Duda in the 2nd, a two-run double by David Wright in the 6th and Wilmer Flores double in the 6th. All those runs were scored off Phils starter Roberto Hernandez, who lasted 5.1 innings.
The Phils got it to within 5-2, thanks to an RBI groundout by Ryan Howard and a wild pitch by Jeurys Famila that scored Ben Revere.
Then, the Mets decided enough was enough. They scored six runs in the 9th, the last four on a grand slam by Flores, served up by Phillippe Aumont, who is sporting a nifty 21.60 ERA since being called up on Saturday and was once traded for Cliff Lee.
Now, here are some sad tweets.
Phillies drop to 24-31. They were 26-29 at this point last year before they finished with 89 losses.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 3, 2014
Rollins healthy. Utley healthy. Howard healthy. And still, this. #Phillies— Mike Sielski (@MikeSielski) June 3, 2014
David Murphy (@ByDavidMurphy) June 3, 2014
It's 2014 & the #Phillies are losing to a lineup with Bartolo Colon & Bobby Abreu, who appear to be a combined 93 years old & 750 pounds.— Mike Keller (@MikeKellerWEEU) June 3, 2014
If the Phillies lose tonight they'll fall to 24-31 (.436). Puts them on track for a 71-91 record. Only TB, HOU, CHC, ARI have worse records.— Bill Baer (@CrashburnAlley) June 3, 2014
Well done RT @maggie162: My phone now autocorrects "Phillies" to "PhiLOLies". This is the proudest moment of my life.— Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe) June 3, 2014
You know what's scary, Phillies fans? The Mets are better. And honestly, I'm not sure how close it really is.— Kevin Cooney (@KevinCooney) June 3, 2014
This five-game series might be remembered as when the Mets started to turn a corner and the Phillies officially hit rock bottom.— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) June 3, 2014
After tonight, the next four pitchers the Phillies offense will be matched up against: Zimmermann, Strasburg, Fister, Cueto.— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) June 2, 2014
So where do we go from here, other than Washington, DC for a series against the Nationals?
The Phils are now 6.5 games out of first (it's a miracle they're still that close) and a full three games behind New York in last place in the NL East. They are 12-19 at home and their run differential of -41 is now third-worst in all of baseball, better only than Houston (-45) and Arizona (-65).
There are no words.