Rapid Reaction: Mets Drop Rubber Game To Phillies 6-4

The Mets (8-8) dropped the rubber game to the Philadelphia Phillies (6-9) by a score of 6-4 Thursday night at Citi Field.

Pitching:

What a strange night it was on the mound for Noah Syndergaard in the rubber match against Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Syndergaard came out of the gates guns blazing, firing his first 11 pitches for strikes while punching out the side in the opening frame.

In the second, Aaron Altherr singled, swiped second and came around to score on a double from Tommy Joseph.

Joseph advanced to third on a wild pitch and subsequently scored on an infield single and defensive miscue from makeshift first baseman Jay Bruce, who attempted to toss the ball to first on the ground ball, but nobody was covering the base.

Andrew Knapp then hit a run scoring ground-rule double to increase the Phillies lead to 3-0 in the early goings.

After the Mets got a run back in the bottom half of the second, Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr made the Mets pay for an error on a tailor-made double play, scoring two more runs.

Syndergaard did settle in after a rough three innings that wasn’t all his fault and ended the game with seven innings pitched, allowing five runs (three earned), seven hits, 10 strikeouts and issuing zero walks.

The Mets narrowed the deficit to 5-4, but Franco took Fernando Salas deep in the eighth inning to make it a 6-4 game.

Salas failed to record an out and allowed three hits, handing the ball to Josh Edgin who turned in his best performance of the season, keeping the Phillies at bay the rest of the eighth despite having two runners in scoring position.

Jeurys Familia made his season debut in the ninth inning, walked two batters and threw a lot of pitches, but handed in a scoreless frame.

Offense:

The Mets had to play a game of catch up from an offensive standpoint the entirety of the game.

After falling behind 3-0, Jose Reyes singled with two outs and followed up with his first steal of the season.

Noah Syndergaard drew a walk and Rene Rivera knocked in Reyes with a single to right.

In the third inning with two men on, Neil Walker stepped to the plate after Asdrubal Cabrera singled and Jay Bruce walked and promptly smacked a long homer to center field to bring the game to within one run.

Unbeknownst to the Mets, this would be the last of their scoring as the Phillies solidified the series victory with yet another tough loss.

Notes:

Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday’s game with a left hamstring cramp according to the team.

Michael Conforto played stellar defense tonight in what was otherwise an ugly game for the Mets, who committed three errors.

The Mets have dropped five of their last six games.

On deck:

The goings won’t get any easier as the Mets open up a three-game series with the Washington Nationals this weekend at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom (0-0, 2.89 ERA) will get the ball for the Mets and will square off against Tanner Roark (2-0, 3.50 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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