Clobbered Phillies

By: Matthew Mack

The Philadelphia Phillies headed to Citi Field to face the New York Mets for a weekend three game series

Friday night was a historic event. Just not for the Phillies. Even though Aaron Nola pitched as well as you would like (Six innings, seven hits, three runs and nine strikeouts with one walk), the New York Mets were way better. The Mets pitching staff recorded their second no-hitter in franchise history as they beat the Phils 3-0. Also, New York recorded the most pitches thrown in a combined no hitter in MLB history

Saturday was a different story. The Phillies responded by putting on a light show. Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins both homered in the game to give them the offense they needed to manufacture runs. Odubel Herrera also doubled in a run in the game. The pitching staff held their end of the bargain as they held the Mets to just one run on four hits with the final 4-1.

Sunday night, the Phillies were back on a national stage. Schwarber again made his offensive presence known in the series as he homered twice in the game. In the fourth, the Mets tied the game with a Dominic Smith double in the fourth and in the next inning, and a passed ball that scored Francisco Lindor to take the lead. Smith was at it again as he smashed a 2-run RBI double to extend their lead to three. Bryce Harper soloed a bomb to right center to close the gap in the next inning. However, Pete Alonso solidified the win with his RBI single in the seventh. Mets go on the song the game and the series 10-6.

So the Phillies played a tough series against the Mets and have Monday off. Next is a two game series versus the Texas Rangers at home. Texas is last in the AL West but are no slouches. The Phillies offense is clicking despite what happened this weekend. They are on the right track. Let’s hope consistency on the positive side catches up.

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