4. August 21: New York Mets 10, Philadelphia Phillies 9
Here come the Mets again. With it now being August, one would think the Phillies would be in a much better position to avoid heart-breaking losses, but that was not the case in this heartbreaking defeat.
The game was largely a back-and-forth contest, with the Phillies leading 4-0 in the first, but going on to surrender as many runs in the next three innings to tie the game. In the bottom of the fourth, the team scored three runs, only for the Mets to match the effort in the top of the seventh.
Interim manager Rob Thomson’s squad would take an 8-7 lead into the ninth with newly acquired closer David Robertson on the mound — who had essentially been lights-out in red pinstripes entering the appearance.
Robertson allowed a leadoff double to Jeff McNeil, followed by a two-run home run to Mark Canha. Later in the frame, Tyler Cyr entered and right away yielded a solo home run to Brandon Nimmo. There is not much to say but just a tough defeat after leading the game so many times.
5. June 14: Miami Marlins 11, Philadelphia Phillies 9
This game is different than the preceding four, as the Phillies actually started out with a significant deficit, before clawing back to take a comfortable lead — only to blow it in the ninth.
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the third, the Phillies would go on to score eight unanswered runs in the next three innings to grab a four-run lead of their own. Rhys Hoskins drove in five during this stretch with a three-run home run and a two-run double.
But then the Phillies yielded four runs back in the seventh, tying the game 8-8 — with Jeurys Familia and Seranthony Dominguez giving up crushing home runs. Hoskins came through for the team again in the eighth with a solo shot — his second home run in the game.
But then entered Corey Knebel and Andrew Bellatti in the ninth, respectively allowing an RBI single and two-RBI double. Former Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto dropped the second out on a popup in foul territory. Jesús Aguilar would make the Phillies pay with his multi-run double.
Despite a six-RBI effort from Hoskins, the Phillies fell, 11-9, on their home grass.