The New York Mets lost the rubber game of their three-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-2. The Mets have now lost four of their last five on this long ten game road trip with a stop in St. Louis still to come. (box score)
Zack Wheeler started for the Mets and was effective but was outpitched by Phillies starter Jake Arrieta. Wheeler's line for the game was seven innings pitched, three runs, five hits, three walks, five strikeouts and two home runs allowed. He threw 109 pitches and now has a 6.35 ERA.
The Mets offense was held in check for most of the game by Arrietta who allowed two runs on six hits. Four of the six hits were infield singles.
Zack Wheeler was on the hill for the Mets. I pitched 1-2-3 inning to begin his day. The Mets also went 1-2-3 in the first and it only represented the third time in the Mets first 18 games that both teams went in order to begin a game.
In the second, the Phillies loaded the bases with one out. J.T. Realmuto led off the inning with a single followed by a base hit by Odubel Herrera. Cesar Hernandez followed with a walk after an eleven pitch at-bat to load the bags. Maikel Franco hit a short fly-ball to center which is caught by Keon Broxton, but a poor throw home allowed Realmuto to score on the sacrifice fly to give the Phils to 1-0 lead.
Wheeler walked two more Phillies in the third inning giving him 14 walks allowed so far in 2019 trailing only Yu Darvish and Robbie Ray in that category.
Philadelphia made it 2-0 in the fifth on a single home run by shortstop Scott Kingery. Interestingly, before this series, Kingery has not homers or RBIs to start the season but now has two home runs and six RBIs in the last 24-hours in two games against the Mets.
The Phils scored their third and final run of Wheeler and the Mets in the sixth on a single shot off the bat of Cesar Hernandez. That made the score 3-0.
Justin Wilson relieved Wheeler in the eighth and pitched to one-two-three inning.
The Mets scored two runs and stroked seven hits off Philadelphia pitching.
The first run came in the seventh on a single home run by Michael Conforto. It was his fifth homer of the year and cut the Phils' lead to 3-1. The Mets scored their final run in the ninth to account for the final score of 3-2. The Mets have scored 49 runs in the seventh inning or later to lead the major leagues.
In the ninth, Pete Alonso led off with a walk. Robinson Cano was hit by a pitch to put the tying runs on base. After Conforto flew out and J.D. Davis stuck out, Amed Rosario nubbed an infield hit to score Alonso. Wilson Ramos pinch hit for Travis d'Arnaud and was also plunked, loading the bases. Broxton had a chance to give the Mets the lead but struck against Hector Neris to end the game.
Jeff McNeil had two more hits in the game. He now has an eight-game hitting streak and has had multiple hits in six straight games. That multiple hit streak is the longest such streak since David Wright had seven straight in July of 2011. After his second hit, he was batting .431 with a 1044 OPS.
Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a home run to continue his nice start to the year. He is now hitting .324 with a 1,056 OPS. No other Met had more than one hit, and most of the hits off of Arrieta were weak infield hits. Arrieta pitched a very effective game.
The Mets have a well deserved day off Thursday. On Friday, they begin a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. It will be the Mets only regular-season visit to St. Louis this year. Jacob deGrom was expected to start for the Mets, but he has a strep throat and is now scheduled for Saturday. Jason Vargas (1-0, 14.21 ERA) will make the start instead of New York while Adam Wainwright (1-1, 3.94 ERA) starts for the Cards.