Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tough loss to Mets with Neris in the 9th


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Jake Arrieta had a good game against the Mets, the Phils could only put 1-run up on the board the whole game


This moment last night looked almost too easy, the Phillies clinging to a 1-0 lead going into the 9th inning and the Phils closer, Hector Neris on the mound. The bullpen has been brilliant in the past week, but now time was about to catch up with that, as Hector served up the go ahead runs to the Mets after a stellar outing by Jake Arrieta.

Up to this point in the season, the Phillies only had one other blown save at home since the season started, it's been one of the reasons that the Phillies have had the best home record in the NL so far.

Phillies closer, Hector Neris got the first out in Adrian Gonzalez, and we were down to needing only 2 more outs. But that's the kind of thing that makes baseball so special. It's never a sure thing in this game, a team can battle back in an instant. Neris then had 2 strikes on Wilmer Flores, Flores then took a check swing that was actually a strikeout, but it wasn't called. On the next pitch, Flores singled to reach base.

Michael Conforto came up and launched a long foul ball that was long enough to be a homerun if it were straight. The table was set at this point, with Conforto who after the next pitch, launched a ball into right field off of the ATT sign.

Then things became unglued with another HR hit by Devin Mesoraco to put the Mets ahead 3-1 and give the Mets a victory in Game 1 in Philly.

What can you say? We haven't seen the bullpen give up too many games this year, they have been a solid part of the Phillies game so far. Maybe Neris had been a bit rusty in a game saving situation, he's been going into games with leads and the last blown save from him which resulted in a loss was just 6 days ago against the Nationals. Neris has an ERA at 5.17 ERA with giving up those HRs to the Mets.


Game notes:

Jake Arrieta -  5 SO  -  5H  - 7.1 IP

Odubel Herrera -  2-4 with 1 RBI - the HR which gave the Phils their only run

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