After his Mets pitchers threw a no-hitter on Friday, manager Buck Showalter kept emphasizing how quickly they could have lost the no-hitter, the shutout, and their small lead against a strong Phillies lineup.
They found out how true that was the hard way on Saturday night.
There was no no-hitter to protect this time, just a one-run lead in the seventh inning, but Adam Ottavino failed to hold it and allowed three runs, and the Mets lost to the Phillies 4-1 at Citi Field.
The Mets loaded bases with two outs at the bottom of the eighth, but Brandon Nimmo – the go-ahead run on the plate – landed to end the inning. The Mets, who had shown a knack for situational hitting this season, kept 13 men on base and went 1-on-8 with runners in goal position.
Ottavino entered with a 1-0 lead to start in seventh place but passed JT Realmuto with an out. Recent Mets killer Kyle Schwarber came next and made him pay by smashing a two-run homer to give the Phillies the lead.
Ottavino then went to Alec Bohm, who came by after a two-out double from Odubel Herrera to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead.
Rhys Hoskins gave the Phillies an insurance run in eighth with a solo homer from Sean Reid-Foley, who later left the game with an apparent injury.
Bullpen disappointment and a lack of running support from the Mets offense spoiled a strong start from Taijuan Walker, who returned from the injured list to throw five shutout innings.
Walker’s season debut on April 11 against the Phillies had only lasted two innings before he suffered from a shoulder irritation that was eventually diagnosed as bursitis. After a minor league rehab start and a simulated game, Walker was left off the injury list for starting Saturday.
After Walker pitched a perfect first inning, the Phillies finally broke the scoring column in the second inning when Nick Castellanos led with a single. But Walker quickly picked him up and leaned on first base.
The Phillies put runners in corners with two outs in the third inning, but Walker escaped by getting Hoskins to fly into midfield.
Kyle Gibson had calmed the Mets’ at-bats early on despite some command issues, stranding five runners in the first four innings.
The Mets eventually went 1-0 in the fifth inning without ever letting the ball leave the infield — except for a Phillies error. After Nimmo left, Starling Marte hit a comeback on the mound that could have been a double play. But Gibson’s throw for second place sailed into midfield and put the runners in the corners with an out.
Francisco Lindor was next and hit a swinging bunt to first base. Hoskins charged to the field and shot home, but Nimmo dipped just before day to get the Mets on the board.
Jose Alvarado replaced Gibson and knocked out Eduardo Escobar and Jeff McNeil to keep the bases loaded.
Trevor May, who had given up two runs in each of his last two runs, replaced Walker in the sixth and, with the help of some poor Phillies base runs, delivered a scoreless frame.
Herrera led with a double on a flyball that popped out of Marte’s glove and finished third with a flyout. May then induces a ground ball to Lindor with the infield. Lindor immediately shot for third, but Herrera was far from the pocket, allowing Escobar to chase him for out.
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