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Sloppy Defense Costs New York Mets in 6-4 Loss to Philadelphia Phillies

April 20th, 2017 at 10:59 PM
By Mike Phillips

New York-The New York Mets entered tonight's game short handed with Wilmer Flores and Lucas Duda unavailable against the Philadelphia Phillies. Things got worse in the sixth inning, when Yoenis Cespedes had to depart the game with a hamstring cramp. The Mets didn't help their cause by playing some sloppy defense behind Noah Syndergaard, leading to several unearned runs. The errors were too much to overcome for the Mets (8-8), who lost to the Phillies (6-9) 6-4 to lose their second consecutive series.

The Phillies got on the board in the second, when Tommy Joseph delivered an RBI double off of Syndergaard (L, 1-1). Joseph advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an infield single by Freddy Galvis, who was able to advance to second on a throwing error from Jay Bruce, who was playing first base for the first time this season. That error proved costly as Andrew Knapp drove in Galvis with a ground rule double, making it a 3-0 game. The Mets got a run back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single from Rene Rivera, making it 3-1, but the Phillies responded quickly in the top of the third.

Syndergaard hit the first batter of the inning, but induced what should have been a double play ball. Asdrubal Cabrera made a rare fielding error, allowing the lead runner to advance to third. The next man up was Maikel Franco, who doubled to left to plate a run. The Phillies plated another run on an RBI groundout, making it 5-1 as they took full advantage of Cabrera's fielding error. The Mets struck back in the bottom of the third, when Neil Walker crushed a three run homer (1) off of Aaron Nola to bring the Mets within one run. Nola (W, 2-0) flirted with danger for most of the game, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings of work, but managed to get through without surrendering the lead.

Syndergaard worked deep into the game for the Mets, tossing 114 pitches in seven innings to bail out the Mets' tired bullpen. The final line for Syndergaard wasn't great, as he allowed five runs on seven hits, but two of those runs were unearned thanks to the fielding errors. After Syndergaard left the game, the Mets went to Fernando Salas to start the eighth. Salas' rough stretch continued as Franco greeted him rudely with a solo homer (3), making it a 6-4 game. The Phillies got two more men on against Salas, who departed after allowing three hits without recording an out, but he was bailed out by Josh Edgin. Edgin did some fabulous work to escape the inning without any further damage, but the Mets couldn't rally against the Phillies' bullpen. Joaquin Benoit worked around a hit in the eighth and Hector Neris tossed a perfect ninth inning to close out the game for the Phillies, with Neris picking up his first save of the year in the process.

Player of the Game:

Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Phillies' third baseman Maikel Franco, who went 2 for 4 with a double, home run, and two RBI's.

Post Game Notes:

  • Jeurys Familia made his season debut for the Mets in the ninth inning and was a bit shaky, walking two batters and tossing 30 pitches before escaping without allowing a run.
  • The Mets lost this series to the Phillies two games to one.
  • The Mets have now lost five of their last seven games.
  • Travis d'Arnaud was able to pinch hit tonight after sitting with a hand contusion and grounded out in the ninth.
  • Cespedes left the game in the fifth inning after pulling up while running from first to second. The Mets termed the injury a "left hamstring cramp" and announced after the game that he will undergo an MRI tomorrow.

What's Next:

The Mets will limp into a weekend matchup with the Washington Nationals (10-5) tomorrow night. Jacob deGrom (0-0, 1.89 ERA) will face off with Tanner Roark (2-0, 3.50 ERA) in the pitching matchup. First pitch for the opener of this three game series is scheduled for 7:10 pm at Citi Field.

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Tags: Aaron Nola, Baseball, Hector Neris, Jeurys Familia, Maikel Franco, MLB, Neil Walker, New York, New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Tommy Joseph, Travis D'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes

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