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Final Score: Phillies 4, Mets 1—Missed opportunities

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The Mets left a small country on base and fell to the Phillies.

MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets dropped the series opener to the Phillies tonight by a score of 3-1, dropping them to 21-27, 3.5 games behind the Phillies for the seventh seed and 3.0 games behind the Giants for the 8th seed as they sink further and further out of the race.

Rick Porcello got the start for the Mets and got off to a strong start, beginning the game with three scoreless innings, the first time he’s ever done that since coming to the Mets. Things quickly unraveled for him from there, though, as he gave up two runs in the fourth inning on an Adam Haseley single and two more in the fifth on a Didi Gregorius homer. In total, Porcello was not terrible, but still not great, going six innings while allowing four runs on six hits and two walks.

The story of the game was a litany of blown opportunities by the Mets’ offense. In total, the team went 0-for-6 with RISP, left 12 runners on base, grounded into two double plays, and cost themselves a run when Jeff McNeil got tagged out at third base on a ground ball to third he did not need to advance on in the eighth inning.

The Mets dropped their third straight, and are running out of time. This kind of sloppy, uninspired play is not going to help their cause.

Full recap to follow.

GameThread Roll Call

Nice job by MetsFan4Decades and stickguy; their efforts in the GameThread embiggen us all.

  1. MetsFan4Decades: 105
  2. stickguy: 105
  3. Kepler: 78
  4. doctor prancer: 65
  5. AnneInFlushing: 36
  6. navspycav: 35
  7. JR and the Off-Balance Shots: 26
  8. deegie: 18
  9. feslenraster: 18
  10. hotchipwillbreakyourlegs: 17