Phillies Implode

IMPLOSION!

In the biggest implosion in Philadelphia since Veterans Stadium fell in 62-seconds in 2004, the Phillies imploded against the rival New York Mets, who scored seven ninth inning runs to down the Phillies 8-7, handing them their fourth straight loss and dropping them to fifth place in the NL East, a full seven games behind the New Yorkers.

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NORWOOD FINDS LOTS OF WOOD… James Norwood gave up hits to four of the five batters he faced, including a two-run home run to Francisco Lindor… Not taking any chances, Joe Girardi went to closer Corey Knebel, who blew his first save of the season, giving up four hits that resulted in three more runs and Knebel’s second loss of the year… The meltdown wasted yet another strong starting pitching performance by Aaron Nola, who threw seven innings and just one run on a home run by Starling MarteJeurys Familia pitched a perfect eighth inning for the Phillies… Former Phillies prospect Adonis Medina threw 2 2/3 innings of shutout ball in relief for the Mets.

WP: Medina (1-0, 0.00), LP: Knebel (0-2, 2.27), SV: Diaz (6, 1.50)

EARLY SUCCESS… The Phillies came out hitting against Taijuan Walker, scoring four runs in the first inning using a Bryce Harper RBI double, an RBI groundout by Nick Castellanos, and RBI singles from J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura. Castellano picked up another RBI on a groundout in the second and then followed Harper’s solo home run in the fourth with one of his own… Over the final five innings, Philadelphia had just three hits and drew zero walks against Mets relievers.

HR: NYM – Marte (3), Lindor (5); PHIL – Harper (5), Castellanos (4)

PHIL-INS… Castellanos left the game after being hit by a pitch from Medina. Initial x-rays were negative, but it’s likely that Castellanos will be re-examined Friday to determine if there is anything to be concerned about… Castellanos and his wife, Jess, named their newborn son Otto… At one point in the game, the Phillies were 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position, but finished 4-for-16… Kyle Gibson (2-1, 2.93) starts Friday’s game for the Phillies against Max Scherzer (4-0, 2.61).

IN THE MINORS…

Lehigh Valley 14, Syracuse (NY Mets) 2… Michael Mariot (2-0, 5.06) pitched six strong innings and the bullpen shutout the Mets for the final three innings. Yairo Munoz had four hits and drove in two runs, while Bryson Stott and Donny Sands both had three hits, with both also hitting their second HR of the year.

Game One: Portland (Boston) 5, Reading 1… Starter Noah Skirrow (LP 2-2, 3.44) was strong over the first four innings, but couldn’t make it out of the fifth. He finished with four runs – three earned – allowed on six hits over 4 2/3 innings… Reading collected just four hits, including two from Jhailyn Ortiz.

Game Two: Portland (Boston) 3, Reading 1… Reading was no-hit and got their lone run with the aid of an error… Starter Adam Leverett (LP 1-4, 6.17) went four innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks. Reliever Braden Zarbnisky was good over the final two innings, picking up four strikeouts.

Hudson Valley (NY Yankees) 7, Jersey Shore 4… Righty Cristian Hernandez started and allowed four earned runs over 3 1/3 innings of work and lefty reliever J.P. Woodward (LP 2-2, 11.32) was hit for three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings… Catcher Andrick Nava went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI.

(10 Innings) Clearwater 10, Dunedin (Toronto) 9… Micah Yonamine singled to drive in what would be the winning run in the top of the 10th inning for the Threshers. Catcher Arturo De Freitas had two doubles and scored three times int he game… Clearwater got just enough strong relief from their bullpen to preserve the win. Tommy McCollum threw two shutout innings in relief and righty Konnor Ash delivered a perfect tenth inning with two strikeouts to get the save.

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