Fisher excels on debut, Canha 2 HRs, Mets overtake Phils

New York Mets outfielder Mark Canha reacts after hitting a ninth inning home run during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

New York Mets pitcher Nate Fisher throws during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia – A year ago, Nate Fisher was employed by the First National Bank of Omaha to determine whether to approve commercial loans. On Sunday at Citizens Bank Park in his major league debut, he denied the Phillies hitters.

Fisher shone as he pitched three scoreless innings, Mark Canha hit two homers and drove in five runs, and the New York Mets edged Philadelphia 10-9.

“It’s pretty surreal right now,” Fisher said. “I’m so grateful and so blessed to have this opportunity. It hasn’t even been taken yet.”

Fisher allowed a hit while striking out one and walking two.

“It’s my dream,” he said.

The 26-year-old southpaw was undrafted from the University of Nebraska before pitching 12 games at Single-A for the Seattle Mariners organization in 2019.

With the uncertainty of COVID-19 bringing his baseball career to a halt, Fisher followed a former coach into the bank in 2020 in his hometown. He worked there until June 2021, when he re-signed with the Mariners, going all the way to Triple-A.

This season with the Mets organization, Fisher was 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA in 12 games at Double-A Binghamton and 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 12 games at Triple-A. In Syracuse before his call-up ahead of Sunday’s game.

“That’s pretty cool,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said.

When Fisher entered the fifth, he surprised more than a few people.

“I didn’t even know who this guy was when he came into the game today,” Canha said.

Fisher struck out three batters and walked one, then walked Kyle Schwarber to start the sixth before being forced out on a 46-minute rain delay. He came back and got three straight outs before finishing facing the minimum in a scoreless seventh.

For Fisher, it was just another day at the office.

More difficult work environment?

“Probably the Phillies lineup – but those days can be long in the bank too,” he laughed.

Canha’s second homer was a two-run free kick in the ninth inning. Brandon Nimmo hit a solo homer two batters later for the NL East leaders.

The Mets took three of four in the series to finish the regular season with a 14-5 mark against the Phillies. New York increased its lead over second-placed Atlanta to four games.

“The offense just didn’t give in,” Showalter said. “Our guys thought there was a game to be won and they did the right thing.”

Alec Bohm hit a pair of three-run homers and Jean Segura also went deep for the Phillies, who lost four of five. Philadelphia entered second in the NL wild-card race.

“Is it disappointing to lose? Certainly,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said. “But I’m really proud of the whole club, just the way they fought.”

The Mets trailed 8-7 before Jeff McNeil started the ninth with a brace against David Robertson (3-1) and Canha hit his 10th home run. Canha tied the game at 7-all in the seventh with a three-pointer on Connor Brogdon.

Nimmo gave the Mets a 10-8 lead with a drive from Tyler Cyr.

Edwin Diaz ended his scoreless innings streak but pulled away in the ninth for his 28th save in 31 chances. Diaz, who hadn’t given up a run since June 22 in 21 innings, allowed Nick Maton’s sacrificial volley that brought Philadelphia within a run.

Diaz took out Darick Hall looking with runners at first and second to end it.

Segura, a pinch hitter for Matt Vierling, led the eighth home run off Trevor May (2-0) to give Philadelphia an 8-7 lead.

Mets starter José Buttó allowed seven runs on nine hits over four innings in his major league debut. Buttó replaced Taijuan Walker, who left his August 16 start with back spasms but shouldn’t need a stint on the injured list.

Philadelphia’s first five base runners against Buttó hit base, with the first of Bohm’s three-run homers doing the most damage in the Phillies’ first four-run inning.

Bohm set a career high with six RBIs in his second multi-home run game.

love the bank

Marte continued her tear at Citizens Bank Park. He went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI and is now batting .399 with 17 doubles, five homers and 18 RBIs in 35 career games at Philadelphia.

Always streaks

Nick Castellanos hit a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to 11 straight games.

Trainer room

Mets: RHP Stephen Nogosek (left oblique strain) was placed on the 15-day IL. Nogosek felt awkward after pitching 1⅔ of scoreless relief innings in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Phillies. … C Tomás Nido, on the IL linked to COVID since August 15, could return on Thursday when the Mets open a four-game home series against Colorado. … 3B Eduardo Escobar (outstretched left oblique) is set to be back Friday against the Rockies. … Walker could return to the mound as early as Tuesday against the Yankees.

Phillies: OF Bryce Harper (broken left thumb) will likely begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday or Wednesday. Harper, who has been out since June 25, is expected to practice batting on the field in Philadelphia on Monday. … RHP Seranthony Domínguez (right triceps tendonitis) was placed on the 15-day IL. … RHP Corey Knebel’s season is over after he was diagnosed with a torn right shoulder capsule. Knebel, who was placed on the IL on August 15 with a right lateral stump, will receive stem cell treatment in hopes of avoiding surgery. Cyr was recalled from Triple-A to fill a spot in the bullpen.


Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (9-2, 2.15) starts for the Mets Monday night in the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium against RHP Domingo German (1-2, 4.45).

Phillies: Open a four-game home series against Cincinnati on Monday night, with RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 4.50) facing RHP Luis Cessa (3-1, 5.50).

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