Phillies Fall in the 11th Inning to the New York Mets

The Philadelphia Phillies end this four-game home-and-home with the divisional rivals, the New York Mets. After going 2-0 in Queens, the Phillies added on with a victory on night one at Citizens Bank Park. They gave New York a run for the money in game two. Unfortunately, the Phillies fall in the 11th inning against the New York Mets.

This marks the Phillies’ first home-and-home series against a National League opponent in 34 years. The last time they did so was in April 1990 against the Montreal Expos. The last time the Phillies played any team in a home-and-home was in August 2020 against the Yankees.

Sloppy Start, Strong Finish

In their 44th game of the season, the Phillies picked up their 31st win. The 2024 Phillies are only the 17th National League team in the last 70 years and the first since the 2003 Braves to reach 31 wins in their first 44 games. Five of those 17 teams won the World Series, 9 won the pennant, and 14 won their division. Only the 1972 Mets failed to make the postseason. (cough…cough). Ranger Suarez was not as crisp as usual but still does what he does best and dominates. He went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs.

Bryce Harper keeps doing Bryce Harper things and blasts a home run in the rain, tying the game at 1-1. The fifth inning was where all the magic started. Down 2-1, the Phillies mounted a comeback, scoring 9 runs over the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings, and were up 10-2 heading into the 8th. New York plated 3 runs in the 8th, but the Phillies held on for the win. Kyle Schwarber had 2 hits and a walk, and Bryce Harper fell a triple short of the cycle and went 3-for-5 with 2 runs and 3 RBI.

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Tripping At the Finish Line

Tiajuan Walker allows a home run to Pete Alonso, only the game’s second batter. He also lets up an RBI double to Mets third baseman Brett Baty. He only goes 3 1/3 innings due to a left foot contusion, and Matt Strahm takes over on the mound.

Tonight marked the sixth time the Phillies faced a left-handed starting pitcher in seven games. Bryson Stott had the night off (at least in the beginning), and Whit Merrifield got the start. Jose Quintana keeps the Philly’s bats cold until the 6th. It started with JT Realmuto’s second base hit of the night. Bryce Harper legs out a single, putting two men on base. At that point, the Mets will make a change at the pitcher. Reed Garrett lets up an RBI double in one pitch to Alec Bohm. He puts the Phillies’ first run on the board once Realmuto crosses the plate. Nick Castellanos ties the game at two with a sac fly to left field, scoring Harper. Citizen Bank Park woke up from its five-inning slumber.

The Phillies will get their first lead of the game in the seventh. Both Brandon Marsh and Kody Clemens strike out to start the inning. Bryson Stott would pinch-hit for Cristian Pache. He would work out a walk. Kyle Schwarber would send laser down the first base line, Stott would score for the lead, and Kyle would hold up at second.

Jeff Hoffman takes a line drive off the back, allowing the Mets to tie it at three off the bat of centerfielder Harrison Bader. Next batter, Hoffman would give the Mets back the lead when throwing a pitch in the dirt. Pete Alonso scores from third.

A Rollercoaster Ride of Emotions

The rollercoaster ride does not stop there. After working a 10-pitch walk, Brandon Marsh took second on a wild pitch by Mets closer Edwin Diaz. Bryson Stott lines an RBI single to tie the game at four and bring the fans some extra baseball. Neither team would score in their half of the 10th. Jose Alvarado would come in relief in the top of the 11th. He would give JD Martinez an RBI single on the first pitch. Harrison Bader would hit a double in the next at-bat. Alvarado would strike out the next two hitters. He would allow Harrison Bader to score on a wild pitch after crossing up JT Realmuto. The Mets take the lead 6-4 into the bottom of the 11th.

Former Phillie Jake Deikman would be on the hump for the Mets. Brandon Marsh would reach on an error from Mets first baseman Pete Alonso. Kody Clemens would work out a walk. Bryson Stott would hit into a force out but score Castellanos from third. Kyle Schwarber would come up short and strike out. The Phillies lose 6-5 and spit this two-game home stand against the New York Mets.

Schwarber post-game notes: It is unsurprising that the team does not come back and win.

“Anytime you lose it is frustrating. Sometimes, it is better to be beat ten nothing than to be one swing away. That is a good thing we are able to look on the positive one but also two use that frustration and use it to get better and show up tomorrow and be ready to rock and roll.”

Chase Utley in Da’ House

Number 26 on his jersey but number one in Phillies fans’ hearts, Chase Utley caught the ceremonial first pitch thrown by Apollo from Gladiators, the UK’s biggest TV show of 2024. Hearing Dan Baker announce him sent chills up the spines of all onlookers, even Mets fans (for different reasons). He was in Philly promoting the London series in June, which will see these two teams battle it out in a two-game series across the pond.

Chase Utley says these Phillies remind him of his teams from 2007 to 2011, which kept building towards a World Series championship and being in contention yearly. Their experiences and playoff experiences in the last few years are invaluable.

“You can’t teach those moments. They are all in their prime years. It reminds me our time. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them back in the World Series.”

Dolans Wiffleball 2024

In 194 career games against the Mets, Utley slashed .281/.374/.526 with an .900 OPS. Utley had 89 extra-base hits (46 2B, 4 3B, 39 HR), 116 runs, 116 RBI and 80 walks. Chase was hit by a pitch 28 times when facing the Mets, tied for the most of any player against New York in history (Ron Hunt). His 89 extra-base hits against the Mets rank 7th all-time, and his .900 OPS ranks 9th.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.



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