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Final Score: Phillies 7, Mets 2—Serenity Now

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Both the bats and the bullpen let Jacob deGrom down again.

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Jacob deGrom’s night started out poorly when he gave up a home run on the very first pitch he threw to Scott Kingery, but after that he was brilliant. He bounced back to strike out the side in the second and rolled until the seventh, striking out ten batters in total.

If not for Pete Alonso, the Mets may have been shut out by Vince Velasquez and the Phillies bullpen. Alonso got the Mets on the board with a solo homer in the fourth that tied the game at one. He drove in the Mets’ second run as well on a double that plated Jeff McNeil to put the Mets ahead 2-1.

deGrom got into trouble in the seventh and did everything he could to get himself out of it. But with runners on second and third and one out, Cesar Hernandez hit a dribbler down the third base line that Todd Frazier threw home. Hernandez was called safe at home on a close play, but appeared out on the replay. However, the Mets had wasted their challenge on a Frazier stolen base attempt in the second and therefore the play was not reviewed and the game was tied at two.

However, that play that seemed so consequential at the time turned out to not matter at all, thanks to the Mets’ horrific bullpen. Edwin Diaz came in with the game tied in the ninth and faced five batters and retired just one of them. A Jay Bruce single put the Phillies ahead and they didn’t look back. They piled on for five runs in total in the inning, four of which were charged to Diaz after Jeurys Familia came in to replace him and allowed his inherited runners to score and then some. It took Luis Avilan coming in to record the final out to finally put the inning to bed, but the damage had long been done.

The Mets’ bullpen has an 8.06 ERA since May 27th.

Full recap to follow.

GameThread Roll Call

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  1. JR and the Off-Balance Shots: 145
  2. John Oldnrude: 142
  3. MetsFan4Decades: 125
  4. Kepler: 111
  5. doctor prancer: 86
  6. MookieTheCat: 79
  7. Knurk: 72
  8. deegie: 50
  9. LaRomaBella: 40
  10. BK_Machetero3191: 36