One night after earning a walk-off win, the New York Mets came out flat and uninspired as they fell 5-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle game of their series. The offense left nine on base and picked up just four hits against Drew Smyly, who was struggling coming into the game.
Marcus Stroman had his worst start as a Met, although he did run into some bad BABIP luck in the first inning following a lead-off home run by Cesar Hernandez. The Phillies strung three soft, well-placed hits together but Stroman was able to escape without any damage. After two scoreless innings, the roof caved in on him in the fourth, as a J.D. Davis error to lead off the inning led to a string of hard hit balls that ended with four runs showing up on the board for Philadelphia. Stroman labored throughout his outing and needed 85 pitches just to get through four innings.
On the other side of things, the offense could not touch Smyly and squandered a number of scoring opportunities. The Mets left the bases loaded in the first and then could not capitalize on two Brad Miller errors in the fourth. All told, it was a poor showing from the offense aside from Pete Alonso, who picked up two hits and hit the ball hard in each of his at-bats.
If there are any positives to take out of this one, the bullpen pitched five scoreless innings in relief of the ineffective Stroman. Jed Lowrie also made his first appearance as a Met in the fourth inning and struck out as a pinch hitter.
Full recap to follow.
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