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Bleh: Mets 3, Phillies 0

Despite a great return start from Velasquez, the Phils drop the fourth game to split against the Mets

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Vince Velasquez returned from his short stay on the disabled list to take on Jacob deGrom and the Mets in the fourth and final game of their series at Citi Field.

Brandon Nimmo walked the game off on a three-run home run in the bottom of the tenth to give the Mets the 3-0 victory.

Tip: Try not to walk Jose Reyes, he’s a walking out

Both starters were excellent: Velasquez went six scoreless, allowing two hits and one walk with three strikeouts on 85 pitches; deGrom tossed eight scoreless, conceding five hits and one walk while striking out seven on 113 pitches. As has become a Mets tradition, the offense could not give deGrom an ounce of offense.

There were no offensive highlights to touch on, so let’s start with a defensive one.

In the bottom of the third, with Amed Rosario on first and one out, deGrom popped up a bunt to the third base side. Maikel Franco was playing up in the case of a bunt, and instead of catching the ball in the air he let it drop. Franco then threw it to first where they made the out on deGrom. The Phils wound up turning the patented 5-3-4-6-4 double play that resulted in Cesar Hernandez tagging out Rosario in a rundown.

Here’s the video of the play.

The closest either team got to scoring in the first nine innings was when Andrew Knapp doubled with two down in the fifth. He’d get stranded there, though.

The Phillies could have threatened in the seventh with runners on first and second with one out, but the umpiring crew - for some reason - upheld an incorrect call after a replay review. Here’s the video of that debacle.

The Phils had a shot in their half of the tenth after a two-out walk by Knapp. Hernandez singled on a dribbler to Reyes at third, and Knapp made an aggressive turn around second without realizing Reyes had no intention of throwing to first. Knapp got into a rundown and was eventually tagged out by Reyes in a footrace to third.

Mark Leiter Jr. got the ball in the bottom of the tenth and retired the first two hitters quickly. Rosario doubled to left-center field, then Leiter walked Reyes to put runners on first and second with two outs and Nimmo coming to the plate. Leiter hung one and Nimmo didn’t miss it, putting it out to right-center for the game winner and series split.

Notes and Tweets:

  • The loss drops the Phils to 51-40 on the season
  • They’ll head to Baltimore tomorrow for a makeup game before concluding their pre-All Star break road trip with a three-game set in Miami