The night started horribly for the Phillies on Monday. Defensively, Alec Bohm made three throwing errors in the first three innings, including two errors in the first inning. On the mound, Ranger Suarez was getting hit around and offensively, the Phillies were sleep walking against Taijuan Walker. Eventually, the defense picked up, the bullpen came through and the offense got their wake-up call to beat the Mets 5-4.
OFFENSE: The Phillies were making Walker look like a Cy Young Award candidate early in the game. When he exited after reaching his pitch count, David Peterson came on and kept the hitters under lock and key and through the first seven innings, the Phillies offense looked like a zombie movie. In the eighth, the bats woke up and it all started with a walk to Alec Bohm against former Phillie Trevor May. Pinch-hitter Johan Comargo greeted another former Phillies pitcher, Joely Rodriguez, with a pinch single. From there, J.T. Realmuto homered, Nick Castellanos walked and scored on a double by Rhys Hoskins to tie the game. Didi Gregorius then doubled to bring in Hoskins for a 5-0 lead.
HR: NYM – none; PHIL – Realmuto (1)
PITCHING: Nick Nelson saved the team Monday night. The former Yankees pitcher gave the Phillies four innings of relief, giving up just one run… Suarez – thanks in part to the three errors and the Mets hitters – quickly reached his pitch count and was done after 2 2/3 innings, giving way to Nelson… Seranthony Dominguez gave the Phillies 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball and lefty Brad Hand shut down the Mets in the ninth in order.
WP – Dominguez (1-0), LP – Lugo (0-1), SV – Hand (1)
PHILLIES NOTES: Despite his fielding woes, Bohm walked twice and doubled. In two games, he is now 3-for-3 at the plate with three walks to give him a 1.000 on-base percentage… Simon Muzziotti made his MLB debut taking over defensively in center field in the top of the ninth after Camargo pinch-hit for Matt Vierling… There is some concern about Bryce Harper‘s right elbow. After making a long throw to home plate, Harper was holding his elbow and stretching his right arm in right field. He stayed in the game, but finished the night 0-for-3 at the plate with three strikeouts. He is now batting just .071 (1-for-14) on the season. After the game, Joe Girardi was asked about Harper and said, “he’s alright. He’s okay.”
ON THE AGENDA: Zack Wheeler gets his first start of the season against his old team on Tuesday. Wheeler didn’t make an official spring training start after coming off some shoulder stiffness. Tylor Megill (1-0, 0.00) gets his second start of the year for the Mets. In his first start against the Nats, Megill threw five shutout innings and struck out six batters.