If you've been waiting for Larry Bowa to get old school angry this season, then tonight was the game for you. Sadly, Bowa's leathery rage wasn't enough to net the Phillies a win, and they fell to the Mets 6-5.
But more on Bowa later. The Mets didn't waste any time scoring tonight, so the Phillies were in a deficit right from the start. Yoenis Cespedes, who I am going to love/hate watching for the next several years, hit a two-run bomb to center in the top of the first. At that point, I was already curled up in a ball on my couch, praying that tonight's game wouldn't be like last night's. If it was, I was prepared to post 25 pictures of sad clowns and run screaming into the night. Thankfully, we didn't see a repeat of last night's embarrass-a-thon, which is why you're reading words instead of looking at a sad clown picture and immediately closing this browser window.
In the bottom of the third, Carlos Ruiz hit a long fly ball to left center and a fan reached out over the wall in left center and caught it. Admittedly, it was kind of cool. And for a minute, I thought Chooch had hit a homer. But without the fan touching it, the ball wouldn't have left the park. It was most likely going to be a long double. The fan interference gave Chooch a double anyway, so thankfully that grabby fan didn't ruin it. But still. DON'T REACH OUT OVER WALLS AND RAILINGS TO CATCH FLY BALLS. JUST DON'T.
Chooch ended up scoring anyway when Freddy Galvis hit a no doubter to RIGHT field. And after Odubel Herrera reached on an error, Ryan Howard jacked a homer of his own, giving the Phillies a 4-3 lead.
Phillies' starter Jerome Williams gave up three runs early on, but settled down by mostly staying away from the strike zone. The Mets, full of confidence from all the hitting, helped him out by being pretty swing happy. Williams got into trouble in the top of the sixth, and left with one out and men on the corners. Jeanmar Gomez got Wilmer Flores to line out to Galvis, but that's the only good thing that that would happen to him that inning. He walked Michael Conforto to load the bases, and then gave Travis d'Arnaud a free pass to walk in the tying run. Michael Cuddyer then came to the plate swinging like the two previous walks hadn't happened at all. But that worked out just fine for him — he hit an 0-2 pitch to center that brought in two runs and gave the Mets a 6-4 lead.
The pitching wasn't all bad, though.
Elvis Araujo has retired each of the last 28 batters he has faced. Longest hitless streak by a Phillies reliever since Bastardo in ’11.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) August 26, 2015
Mets' starter Noah Syndergaard was alternately good and very bad tonight. He gave up two home runs and an almost-homer, but also hit an RBI double in the second and struck out the side in the fifth. He had finished the fifth inning planning to start the sixth, but that combined Williams-Gomez meltdown in the sixth had him sitting in the dugout too long, and Terry Collins decided not to send him back out.
The Mets bullpen did their job, though. The Phillies brought the score a little closer in the sixth when Andres Blanco crossed the plate on a Chooch ground out, but that was all they'd get.
The big drama of the night came in the seventh inning. Hansel Robles quick pitched Freddy Galvis, and this riled up the Phillies' dugout so much that Larry Bowa's Old Man Rage gave birth to a thousand gifs. Bowa stood on the top step and started yelling at Robles, then pointed at his own side like he was showing Robles where he or someone else would be drilled by a pitch, and then yelled "FUCK YOU" a few times before leaving the dugout and being rightfully ejected from the game. Do you want to know what that looks like? You're in luck.
Whoops! My mistake! But you can't deny the resemblance. Don't believe me? BEHOLD:
The gif (courtesy of @dj_mosfett) is great, but is there video? You bet your sweet bippy there is.
Larry Bowa everybody, Larry Bowa. pic.twitter.com/VGwPhj8UsN— Tom G. ⛳ (@doctomg) August 26, 2015
And while we're at it, here's a Vine!
And here's a little extra context.
If my lip reading is OK, Larry Bowa may also have been steamed about d'Arnaud's bat flip innings earlier https://t.co/AnUi7xoFku— Mike Vorkunov (@Mike_Vorkunov) August 26, 2015
And just in case you don't think this whole thing is already an out-of-control testosterone fest, here's something that will convince you.
@FelskeFiles I imagine someone (Wright?) will get drilled at some point in the next two games.— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) August 26, 2015
For the record, Mets' announcers Gary Cohen and Ron Darling were pretty appalled at Robles' behavior.
@FelskeFiles Yes! They just called Robles a bully and said that his quick pitch wasn't in the spirit of the game.— Liz Roscher (@lizroscher) August 26, 2015
Jeff Francoeur also came roaring out of the dugout, but he restricted his anger to yelling and being held back by his teammates. Instead of, you know, threatening vengeful violence that he himself wouldn't even get to deliver. So while Bowa was tossed, Frenchy stayed in the game.
Two innings later, this gamed ended with a whimper. Tomorrow night is game three in this four game series, and just now when I realized it was a four game series I actually made a "blech" noise. This seems as good a way to end this recap as any.
meanwhile, bob mcclure furiously searches his mustache for answers pic.twitter.com/1xNIqZ8mSd— Justin Klugh (@justin_klugh) August 26, 2015