On Thursday night, the Phillies gave the Mets a spanking and then some. It was an outright stomping to the tune of 2 touchdowns and a safety. If you are not a football fan, that is the baseball equivalent of 16 runs.
The 16-1 pummeling began with an 8-run 1st inning. The Phillies went all the way through the line-up, batters 1-8, before a single out was recorded by the Mets. The starting pitcher was lifted from the game 7 batters in and his final line read 7 earned runs and zero innings pitched…ouch. The next pitcher who came in hit Erik Kratz with a pitch to force in another run.
This was the first time the Phillies had their first 8 batters reach base to start a game since 1975. It was also the first time since 1912 that they scored at least 8 runs in the 1st inning while on the road. Know what else happened in 1912? The Titanic sank.
For the Mets, this was a game to forget, if they can. For the Phillies, it was a nice opportunity to bump up their batting averages and stats. Here are those than benefitted the most from the Mets’ ineptitude:
That is a lot of hitting.
With 2 outs in the 9th the night before, Ryan Howard hit a 2-run homer to win the game. And with 2 outs in the 9th last night, Howard smashed a Grand Slam home run, adding insult to injury for the Mets. The Phillies scored 7 runs in that final inning.
Rookie pitcher Tyler Cloyd quietly had a great game in between all the offensive fireworks. Cloyd gave up only 1 run on 3 hits over 8 innings. He was the only starter in the game who did not get a hit for the Phillies, but since he pitched well, he is forgiven ;o)
Despite the sweep of the Mets though, the Phillies are still 4 games out of the Wild Card race as the Cardinals keep winning. They are running out of games quickly.
Of the 12 remaining games, the next 3 are at home against the Braves. Game time tonight is 7:05pm.