It looked like tying a three-stroke game for Rhys Hoskins with two outs in the ninth inning.
A home field was awarded.
On further examination, this was doubled. And that difference between a three-time homer and a two-time double was the difference in the game for Phyllis in the Mets’ loss from 8 to 7 on Sunday night.
“It’s so crazy to know that baseball drops to inches so many times,” said starting pitcher Zack Eflin.
Hoskins’s drive bounced off the top of the railing above the out-of-town sign in the right field. Hoskins redeemed himself after making an embarrassing blunder on the pitch in the Mets̵
“It’s obviously disappointing, it contradicts us, but I guess they’re right,” said manager Joe Girardi. “I kept saying that the whole idea of repetition was to get the right conversations.”
The game ended with a strike by Bryce Harper, who appears to have had trouble swinging his last two bats in his first game from a sore wrist. Girardi said Harper was dealing with a cord and was fine.
Phils came in at the top of the eighth inning with a two-game lead, but gave it at home to Kevin Pilar and a poor game inside, which led to Jonathan Villar, who scored the tie. With one out and a man in first place, Jeff McNeill passed the ball right past Hoskins at first base. It flowed from Hoskins’ glove into the right field and Hoskins carelessly kicked the ball back to second baseman Nick Maton. When Villar saw the soft throw back inside, he kept running around third and tied the game.
A brutal play. The ball itself may have been for play, but throwing it back made things much worse.
“We can’t make these mistakes,” Girardi said. “We make too many mistakes in defense. We have to clear it. We talk about it all the time. We give them too many extra outs. You always have to be on your feet in this game, you have to find out who the runners are, you have to think in advance.”
This is the main reason why Phyllis has played 24 games in a row without winning two in a row. They give extra outs to the teams and haven’t hit enough to make up for that. Phyllis have scored four or fewer tracks in 19 of their 28 races and were on that number Sunday before three rallies that fell slightly.
“It’s a mental mistake that can’t happen at any point in the game,” said a disappointed Hoskins.
Lightweight Jose Alvarado, suspended from three MLB games earlier in the day for his actions after crossing out Smith on Friday night, failed to stop the Mets’ momentum in the decisive eighth inning. He allowed a single and a walk before walking into the winning track. He was removed because of David Hale, who immediately allowed a triple double. Alvarado has the right to file as he is appealing his removal.
Two innings earlier, the Mets equalized by mistake for Zach Eflin, who threw a wide second base, trying to quickly start a 1-6-3 double.
Alec Bohm also made a mistake in third base, his fourth of the season.
The shoots in 2021 are in short supply in defense at short stops, third base, left field and sometimes first base. Midfielder Roman Quinn contacted JT Realmuto for a strong defense in the second inning to put Dominic Smith on the plate.
Phyllis are 13-15 and have a winning percentage of 0.375 from the beginning with 4: 0.
Andrew McCutch took the bottom of the first 445-foot blast to Ashburn Alley past the center-left field. In an 81-degree windless night, Phyllis seemed ready to explode offensively against Mets left-hander David Peterson, against whom they had scored 12 runs against 12 passes in the night. McCutchen away, Hoskins walks, and Harper ties a single, but the inning ends with a hard hit by Bohm’s double.
Phyllis’s attack then fell silent for four passes before Didi Gregorius hit three homers on Homer, who briefly led Phyllis forward.
Phils’ family home continues with a series of four games against the Brewers, who are in first place at NL Central at 17-11.
Phyllis will start Vince Velazquez, Aaron Nola, Chase Anderson and Zack Wheeler, respectively. Monday night will be Velazquez’s third consecutive start in place of Matt Moore, who has remained on the runway without landing since returning from the COVID protocol on Monday.
In other news:
- Jean Segura, removed on April 21 with a four-point tension, passed the bases on Sunday and went through a “very hard training”, according to Girardi. “We will make some assessments after today of what we think is next,” Girardi said.
- Archie Bradleyreturn from an oblique strain was delayed by non-COVID disease. Phyllis shut him down for three or four days, which derailed his reinforcement toward return. Bradley has been out since April 11.
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