Mets series review The Rains in Philadelphia
The Mets had their second series in Philadelphia on Mother’s Day weekend as they got used to seeing their rivals from the City of Brotherly Love. The Mets were embarking on a seven-game road trip that was the reverse of their season-opening trip that had started in Philadelphia before a series with the Washington Nationals. The Mets had just finished a series with the Atlanta Braves, failing to win the series, as they tied four games, losing the final 9-2.
The Mets’ road trip didn’t start well as the Phillies took a 4-0 lead, with Francisco Lindor kicking a fly ball while Taijuan Walker was hit hard. With the game coming up two days after a double and the Mets bullpen stretched, Buck Showalter asked Walker to take one for the team as he gave up seven runs on nine hits in four innings. .
Aaron Nola was pitching well for the Phillies, as the Mets trailed 7-0 after six innings, with a second straight loss seemingly assured. Chase Shreve and Adonis Medina did a great job out of the bullpen, as they combined for four innings, allowing three hits, as the Phillies couldn’t add to their lead. Starling Marte hit a seventh-inning homerun as Nola came out, pitching seven innings, allowing one run on three hits with seven strikeouts.
Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect inning in the eighth inning as the Phillies looked to end the game with James Norwood starting the ninth inning with a 7-1 lead. The odds of winning the Mets were infinitesimal; they had lost their last 330 games since 1997 when they trailed by six points in ninth. That’s when the Mets flipped the script.
The Mets rally started with a hit in the field from Starling Marte, who rushed down the line after an undershot grounder. Marte’s hustle paid off, with Francisco Lindor snapping an 0-for-19 slump, with a two-run homer. Pete Alonso followed with a brace as Eduardo Escobar, who had a miserable weekend, lined up. Jeff McNeil singled out as the Phillies called on closer Corey Knebel to enter a game that was suddenly getting hairy for Philadelphia. Mark Canha hit a Knebel understudy that scored a run, as the Mets suddenly had the tying run at home plate.
Corey Knebel knocked out Dom Smith as the Mets were on their last out, with JD Davis for Tomas Nido. Davis ripped a double down the line, scoring McNeil and putting the tying run in second. With Travis Jankowski in the running for Davis, Brandon Nimmo doubled a single, scoring two runs to tie the game 7-7. The Mets had been raised from the grave as the Undertaker and would take the lead on a brace from Starling Marte who narrowly missed leaving the park. Edwin Diaz came on and dominated, striking out two as the Mets cruised to a stunning 8-7 win, with Medina picking up his first career victory.
The Mets had two days to bask in their stunning comeback victory as heavy rain fell in the northeast. The Friday night game has been rescheduled for August 20, when the Mets return to Philadelphia. Saturday’s game was pushed back to Sunday, with the Mets now playing a doubleheader on Mother’s Day. The Mother’s Day doubleheader was the Mets’ third doubleheader of the season and second in five days.
Max Scherzer started in Game 1 of the doubleheader as Kyle Gibson started for the Phillies. Having his start pushed back two days, Scherzer struggled, allowing a home run to Bryce Harper in the first inning. It was Mad Max’s third time facing the Phillies, and he wasn’t having his best, squeaking for six innings while allowing three runs on ten hits, with seven strikeouts. Meanwhile, Gibson held the Mets up until the sixth inning, when Francisco Lindor ripped a brace that just missed going over the fence for a game-tying home run.
The Mets had their chances to rally against the Phillies bullpen as Seranthony Dominguez walked the first two batters in the seventh. However, he rallied to hit the team, as three relievers held the Mets to no-hitter the past three innings, striking out seven as the Mets lost 3-2, with the streak going 15 starts. of Max Scherzer without defeat.
Chris Bassitt would take the mound in Game 2 for the Mets, as the Phillies went with a bullpen game. Although this was the ninth game the Mets had played against the Phillies, it was Bassitt’s first time facing them. In the first inning, Pete Alonso gave the Mets a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer against Cristopher Sanchez. Again, it was a two-out rally as Francisco Lindor chained a single. Bassitt posed problems in the early innings as the Phillies had runners in scoring position following a controversial denial in the first inning. He would escape anyway by taking out Rhys Hoskins.
Jean Segura hit a home run in the second, and the Phillies got the first two runners on base in the third but couldn’t get the tying run, as Chris Bassitt made the big throw when needed . Bassitt would strike out 11 consecutive batters as Pete Alonso hit a second homer in the fifth inning to make it 5-1 in favor of the Mets. After the Mets made it 6-1 in the sixth, Bassitt gave Rhys Hoskins a brace and walked Jean Segura. Buck Showalter called Chasen Shreve to end the inning, as Bassitt allowed one run on five hits, with four strikeouts.
Shreve, Drew Smith and Seth Lugo pitched well in relief as the Mets won 6-1 to split the doubleheader and win the series, moving to 20-10 on the season. The Mets have played 19 doubleheaders since the start of 2021 and have two more in August. They have played ten more doubleheaders than any other MLB team.