The Philadelphia Phillies were finally exciting to watch again and had great momentum after the team won 4-straight and swept the division leader Washington Nationals. But that excitement came to an end Friday night, as the Phils fell short to the Mets, 4-1.
It was all about the pitchers in game one of this three-game series, as David Buchanan faced off against Jacob deGrom, and both were very impressive. Buchanan went six innings and allowed just four hits and one run. deGrom pitched seven innings and allowed just four hits, one run and struck out five.
Philadelphia’s offense struggled to get going all night, as four Phillies went 0-for-4. Chase Utley finished the night 2-for-4 though, and Cody Asche went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The first run of the game didn’t come until the 4th inning when Travis d’Arnaud singled to left and drove in David Wright. The Phillies finally tied the game up at one in the 7th after Cody Asche hit a single to left that scored Marlon Byrd. The Mets scored three more runs in the bottom of the 7th after several errors made by the Phillies, including a crucial drop by Grady Sizemore.
Sizemore told reporters:
“I just missed it. There’s nothing to it other than that. It was a routine pop up and I couldn’t come up with it. I saw it fine. I had it the whole way. I just didn’t come up with it.”
Ryne Sandberg said:
“It was one of those unfortunate things. They scored three runs with no hits.”