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Final Score: Phillies 4, Mets 2-The Stro show is a no go

Marcus Stroman was not sharp in his return to the mound.

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

After exiting early in his previous start, Marcus Stroman was not sharp in his return to the mound in the Mets’ 4-2 loss to the Phillies. He got lucky early when both Michael Conforto and Kevin Pillar made outstanding plays in the outfield for the first two outs of the game, but the defense failed him later on which lead to a couple of unearned runs. Even with the unearned runs Stroman was not at his best and had trouble putting the Philadelphia hitters away in his three innings of work.

As for the Mets, they failed to take advantage of the Phillies defense when Alec Bohm let a ball drop down the line for a double in the first. They rallied for first and third and one out, but failed to score. Old friend Zack Wheeler was pretty much in cruise control after that early threat and the Mets didn’t offer much resistance for the rest of the game.

Corey Oswalt was outstanding in four innings of relief, but there was a curious moment when Luis Rojas opted to keep him in the game in the fifth instead of pinch-hitting Dominic Smith for him when the Mets had runners on. Oswalt gave them what they needed but the offense remained as stagnant as ever, despite plating a couple runs against the beleaguered Phillies bullpen, and the Mets dropped the finale and split the series overall.

GameThread Roll Call

Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the GameThread embiggens us all.

  1. MetsFan4Decades: 121
  2. stickguy: 70
  3. JR and the Off-Balance Shots: 45
  4. AnneInFlushing: 42
  5. deegie: 38
  6. aparkermarshall: 37
  7. SwissCheez: 33
  8. NothingButMet: 29
  9. BK_Machetero3191: 28
  10. Robert Van Orden: 24