In terms of run production, the Phillies Offense rolled into this one hoping to perform like they did in their most recent series against the Nats but in fact performed like they did in last Monday’s home opener.
They were completely shut out for the second time this season by the New York Mets in a 2-0 defeat. Seven hits, no scoring was the story as the Phillies went 0 for 5 hitting when there were runners in scoring position in the Mets’ home opener.
Juan Lagares was the man to first put a run on the board in the fourth inning when he drove in Daniel Murphy broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when he drove in Daniel Murphy on an infield single. Aaron Harrang struggled, allowing enough time for Lagares to get on base. To make things worse for the Phils, Harang appeared to twist his ankle when coming off the mound on the play but continued to pitch in the game.
With Chase Utley and Ryan Howard still struggling beyond all recognition, it was Freddy Galvis and Cody Asche who provided the only positives. Utley and howard are a combined 6 for 46 through the first seven games of the season whilst 18 of the 50 Phillies hits come from the pairing of Galvis and Asche…surprising, right?
Ben Revere’s average dropped to below .15 but every cloud has a silver lining. The recently transitioned leftfielder made arguably the Phillies catch of the season so far, lying out to catch a Curtis Granderson line drive in the fifth inning.
The Phillies fall to a 3-4 record before facing the Mets again on Wednesday. The rest of the game seemed pretty solid, Harrang had a good outing once again and fielding seemed much tighter. All that’s needed now is for someone to slap Ryan Howard and Chase Utley with a wet fish to snap them back into form!