By: Matthew Mack
The Phillies continued their home opening series with their division rival New York Mets for three at Citizens Bank Park.
The opening game, the Mets took control in the early going in the first inning scoring three runs. Pete Alonso started the scoring brigade for the Mets along with Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha knocking in runs. Francisco Lindor also helped New York’s cause with an RBI to extend the lead 4-0. However, the bats of the Phillies woke up. Kyle Schwarber started the scoring for the Phils in the eighth with an RBI. The very next at bat, J.T. Realmuto slammed a two-run home run to left to cut the lead to one. Rhys Hoskins and Didi Gregorius in the same inning helped to take the lead with knocking in a run in each of their at bat to take the lead and secure the win for the Phils 5-4
In the second game, runs were at a premium. Brandon Nimmo slammed a home run into right to draw first blood off of Zack Wheeler. Speaking of the Cy Young candidate from last season, he only pitched four and two-thirds with only three strikeouts, two hits, and a walk. Lindor also tacked on a run in the eighth for the Mets. The bats of the Phillies were cold as ice as they only mustered three hits all game as they go on to drop this game 2-0
In the matinee, the Mets did not waste time getting started as Nimmo homered in the third for a 1-0 lead. As soon as you blinked, the Mets were up 3-0 in the next inning with an Alonso RBI and Aaron Nola clunking Jeff McNeill with a pitch with the bases loaded. The Phillies answered back with rookie Bryson Stott RBI single. However, New York keot the foot on the pedal by extending their lead in the 5th and 6th inning which included a Pete Alonso three-run bomb to center. The Phillies did put up a fight late in the game. Reigning MVP Bryce Harper homered in the ninth but ran out of gas as the Mets win this one 8-6.
The Phillies start the season 3-3 and head off to Miami to face the Marlins. Just a friendly reminder that the season is not even a week old. The pitching is still a main concern along with some of the defense. The lineup is stout, but it is no good when good pitching neutralizes it.
Either way, this is a long 162 game marathon, not a sprint. Remember, you cannot win the World Series in April!!!