Steven Matz matched Aaron Nola through five innings, but was not economical with his pitch count, as he needed over 100 pitches just to get through the fifth inning. Nonetheless, Matz’s outing was solid. He struck out eight Phillies in his five innings of work. The two runs off him came in the third when Jorge Alfaro walked to lead off the inning and Carlos Santana belted a two run homer to put the Phillies in front.
Meanwhile, Aaron Nola gave up two home runs of his own. Jay Bruce hit a solo shot to lead off the second inning for the first run of the game. After the Mets tied the game on a Jeff McNeil bloop double, Nola retired twelve Mets in a row until Dominic Smith smacked an opposite field bomb in the bottom of the seventh to even the game at three.
In his second appearance since being called up from the minor leagues, Eric Hanhold gave up a double and an RBI single to Asdrubal Cabrera in the sixth inning, playing in his first game back at Citi Field. Tyler Bashlor pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, but gave up a no-doubter off the bat of Rhys Hoskins to lead off the eighth to put the Phillies back in front 4-3.
And that’s how it would stay. The Mets went down 1-2-3 against Seranthony Dominguez in the eighth and Tommy Hunter tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the save and secure the win for the Phillies.
Hey, Nola may have gotten the win but at least his ERA went up. Small victories.
Full recap to follow.
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