Phillies come from behind in eighth to stun Mets
After a great 2021 season, all eyes were on Ranger Suarez as he took the bump on Monday night. After limited work in the spring, Suarez would see his shot count limited to “around 60” according to Joe Girardi.
Brandon Nimmo started the night off with a single on the game’s second pitch.
Starling Marte then returned a ground ball to Ranger, who bounced off his glove towards Alec Bohm. The third basemen then fired the ball down the right field line, putting both runners in position to score with no outs.
Bohm was then tested on consecutive plays in the hot corner, making them both. Unfortunately for the Phils, Nimmo came home to score on a Pete Alonso pitch to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. New Met, Eduardo Escobar made his presence felt with an RBI single to right field, which brought Marte home.
JD Davis then drew a walk, which was followed by a right bloop single from Mark Canha, driving home the third run of the inning.
Taijuan Walker made quick work of the top drive down the first, taking down the Schwarber, Realmuto, Harper trio in order.
Once again, Alec Bohm would find a bouncing ball to start the top of the second. The former first-round pick then pitched over Rhys Hoskins’ head, for his second mistake in as many innings.
After a sacrificial bunt moved McCann to second, the ball again found its way to third in the next two games. Bohm did them both and received a sarcastic but boisterous cheer from the crowd at Citizens Bank Park.
The Mets starter returned to the mound for the bottom of the second and again struck out red and white in order.
With the Phillies already down from three to nothing, the start of the third inning got off to a more dramatic start than fans would have hoped. Pete Alonso clipped a pitch to the left side, resulting in a third pitching error charged to Alec Bohm at third base.
With two outs top of third and runners in first and second, Power Ranger’s day ended as he hit 63 pitches.
Nick Nelson would be the first out of the arm barn as he made his Phillies debut. The right-hander hit 98mph as he tiptoed out of trouble to end the inning, pulling out Luis Guillorme.
David Peterson came in to start the end of the third set, as Tajuan Walker’s night was sold out. The 2021 All-Star threw two perfect innings while striking out four. Walker is still returning from knee surgery in January, which may explain the early exit.
Jean Segura started the bottom half of the frame with a hit but was then pulled out of first base a few pitches later. Peterson threw Bohm a walk, but pulled out the next two Phils, finishing third.
The top half of the fourth saw Nick Nelson set up and make quick work of the New York team.
A double play with runners on the corners stalled Philadelphia’s momentum to finish fourth.
Nelson came back over the bump to start the fifth. The former Yankee did it effectively, pulling the core of the Met lineup in order. The bottom of the inning saw a brace from Alec Bohm, but no further offense from Philly.
To start the top half of the sixth inning, Nick Nelson continued his sensational first day on the job by hitting JD Davis. MV3 then gave the phans a chance to get out of their seats with this slippery hold in sixth.
Later in the contest, Harper appeared to feel pain in his throwing arm. Although the right fielder would remain in the ball game.
The Mets turned around in their fourth inning of the game as Francisco Lindor led James McCann in the seventh.
Fast forward down the eighth, the offense finally came to life for the Phillies after seven boring innings.
Alec Bohm walked to start the inning, the third time in the game that he reached base safely. Hard-hitting Johan Camargo singled to push Bohm to third.
The top of the order then came on the flat as Kyle Schwarber anchored himself in picking a defender to bring Bohm home. The RBI was the third of the season for the 2014 first-round pick.
JT Realmuto followed that up by decimating a full pitch well into the left field bleachers for his first home run of 2022.
JT Realmuto leads Phillies with 11 HR in 7th inning or later since start of 2020
JT has hit the most HRs in his career in the 7th and 8th inningspic.twitter.com/hkjB4DbBQo
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) April 12, 2022
Now trailing 4-3, Bryce Harper stepped up to the flat to take on Joely Rodriguez who stayed in the game after the home run. Unfortunately, it was Rodriguez who beat Bryce, eliminating the two-time MVP.
As Nick Castellanos loomed, Buck Showalter made the move to right-hander Seth Lugo. Castellanos showed tremendous discipline at the plate throughout the batting game, walking one with two outs.
After the walk, Rhys Hoskins took his turn and launched a flare down the left field line. Nick Castellanos channeled his inner Bryce Harper, working his way around the goals to score from first. The RBI was the fourth of the 2022 season for Hoskins.
Sir Didi Gregorius scored a massive RBI double. It was the second round of Didi’s new campaign and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
After four hits through the first seven innings, the Phillies scored five runs to come from behind and take their first lead of the game.
Credit should be given to Nick Nelson for getting the Phillies back in this game, thanks to his four innings of a run ball. Seranthony Dominguez was once again efficient in his first and third innings pitched.
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Joe Girardi made the move to Brad Hand to try to lock in the win.
Dom Smith was the first casualty as Hand landed his second strikeout in the red stripes.
Simon Muzziotti, who made his MLB debut as a defensive backup, was tested thanks to a fly ball from James McCann. The 23-year-old made the play without incident to register the second out.
As the Philadelphia faithful rose with two away games in the ninth, Brandon Nimmo grabbed his former teammate.
It was the 32-year-old southpaw who won the battle, locking in the win and knocking out Nimmo. The stoppage was Hand’s first as a Phillie. Seranthony Dominguez has been credited with his first big league victory since 2019.
Monday night’s victory confirmed that things are certainly different in Philadelphia this season.
The bullpen allowed just one of six runs and a third inning pitched, and the offense came to life when we thought they were dead.
The message is clear after the win, don’t count the Phillies out of a game this year.