As the night began, it looked good for the hottest team in baseball. Real good. But like their ice hockey counterparts in Canada, the Phillies also saw a really good run come to an end at the hands of a team from New York.
Facing Seth Lugo, only making his third start as a member of the Mets’ rotation on the season, you had to think that the Phillies were licking their chops even if Didi Gregorius was given the night off. And in the first inning, Rhys Hoskins continued his patented white hot streak, stroking a solo shot off of Lugo that gave the Phillies the lead.
.@rhyshoskins has SEVEN homers in his last 11 games. pic.twitter.com/uLp3zVtz14— MLB (@MLB) September 5, 2020
However, that was it.
That was the offense for the Phillies on the evening.
Spencer Howard was the starter for the Phillies and began the game rather well, cruising through the first two innings unscathed, before running into trouble in the third. Jeff McNeil started the inning with a ground-rule double to left, then scored on a single from Andres Gimenez. After successive groundballs put Gimenez on third, Michael Conforto hit a ducksnort to left field, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.
With this RBI single, Michael Conforto has now safely reached base in 36 of the Mets 40 games this season.— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) September 6, 2020
In the fourth inning, the Mets would strike again when Todd Frazier was hit by a pitch, McNeil hit another double and Gimenez hit a sacrifice fly to Neil Walker that Walker should have let Harper take since Harper had the momentum coming toward the plate and could have put a better throw on than what Walker, being on his heels when he caught the ball, ended up giving.
The fifth inning began with some fireworks when Harper was ejected trying to discuss a play that happened in the top of the inning.
Bryce Harper has been ejected from the game. pic.twitter.com/x9s4CzBmnG— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) September 6, 2020
The inning also saw Ranger Suarez come into the game and promptly load the bases. Returning from his COVID-19 related illness, sharp he was not. However, he did limit the damage by inducing a groundball that got one out (allowing one run to score), a pop up and a strikeout, but the Phillies were still down 4-1.
The Mets would get another run in the sixth when Robinson Chirinos doubled on a ball that Roman Quinn tried to make a play on, but couldn’t. Quinn would eventually leave the game with an injury from the play, something that you just don’t want to see.
While the Mets did scratch some runs across thanks to the BABIP gods being on their side, the Phillies offense couldn’t do a thing. They struck out 13 times on the evening, something they haven’t done much of lately. They couldn’t get the big hit with men on base, they couldn’t get the ball out of the park, they just struggled. It happens.
Tomorrow, the two teams face off in a matinee that is the marquee pitching matchup of the day - Aaron Nola vs. Jacob deGrom.