A day after five Mets pitchers quelled the Phillies offense, division rivals rallied against the Amazons’ bullpen and showed just how deep their lineup could be.
Adam Ottavino took the Mets’ one-run lead when he conceded three earned runs on two hits, including a two-run home run off Kyle Schwarber, in the Mets’ seventh inning loss to the Phillies 4–1. fell. In Citi Field.
Ottavino said that his fastball was an “absolute miss” for Schwarber and that he took the responsibility of letting the Phillies advance. Buck Showalter did not wait for Otavino to complete the frame, as the captain turned to Sean Reed-Foley for relief.
“We know where he’s going to end up at the end of the year,” said Buck Showalter of Otavino. “He hasn’t been there yet.”
Ottavino, who has a 4.70 ERA in 7.2 outings, said: “Tonight was obviously lousy, not proud of it. But I like the way I’ve bowled the ball, so I’m going to focus on that.” I’m going. I take a lot of pride in finishing these things early and coming on a good streak next time. I feel good physically, my pitches are fine, so there’s no reason why I should blame myself Don’t believe it.”
Reed-Foley induced a flyout for the final from seventh, but he opened eighth by allowing Rhys Hoskins to run a single home, before exiting with a right elbow trouble. Even though the Phillies did take some late-game losses, the Mets had a few chances to get out of their three-run hole.
But the Mets offense squandered those opportunities, going 1-for-8 with the runners in the scoring position and 13 men left on base. The Amazons loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a pair of free passes from former Mets reliever Juris Familia, but Brandon Nimmo loaded the grounds against Corey Nebel to wipe out the offensive threat that was brewing. kicked out.
“It’s hard to think that you’re going to win a game 1-0, especially against a team like him,” Showalter said. “We didn’t take advantage of the baserunner there.”
On the bright side, Taijuan Walker continued the rotation’s outstanding performance in his return from the injured list. With his shoulder bursitis completely behind him, Walker played five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits in 73 pitches against the Phillies.
Saturday was Walker’s second outing of the season after missing two turns through the rotation on IL. David Peterson, who has since been demoted to Triple-A Syracuse, replaced Walker on the starting staff and excelled at his task from day one. Walker left the start of his season on April 11 after two perfect innings against the Phillies. Pietersen took the ball from him in the third innings of that game and he never looked back, compiling 14 innings of a one-run ball in three innings, while Walker was sidelined on the IL.
But Peterson was a seventh-string depth starter and with ace Jacob DeGrom on the IL, Walker is the Mets’ No. 3 arm. He pitched like the one on Saturday, though with a shorter hook. Since Walker also suffered knee pain in spring training, which led to a short ramp-up and a limited pitch count, the Mets ensured that Walker would stretch for four innings in his previous rehab outing. As such, it was encouraging that Walker played five innings against the Phillies at Citi Field, producing impressive results.
Walker said, “I think one more outing where I’m limited as far as the pitch counts, but after that I think I’ll be able to go into 6-7-8 innings and just get off to my start.” I’ll stay together,” Walker said. , who will face the Phillies again in his next outing. “Everyone is going deeper into the game, so that’s the goal for me right now.”
The Mets pitching staff extended their hitless streak to 10 innings, picking up from Friday’s United no-hitter, after Walker retired in first place. The Phillies eventually had a hit until Nick Castellanos’ leadoff single in the second inning was the first hit the Mets pitchers dropped since Wednesday in St.
The Mets (15–7) finished April with a .682 win percentage, tied with the 2016 team for the fourth-best March/April winning percentage in franchise history. Next is trying to extend its strong start to May, a month that has historically been ruthless for the organization.