Mackanin ejected, benches warned in Phillies loss

The Phillies fell to the Mets, 4-3, in the series opener Monday night.

The Phillies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and only trailed after a Jay Bruce homerun broke a 2-2 tie in the 8th. The homer, Bruce’s second of the night, scored Asdrubel Cabrera, who was walked by Edubray Ramos.

Ramos’ first pitch to Cabrera  sailed high, whizzing by his head. Cabrera and Ramos exchanged words, or at least macho posturing, while Rupp calmed Cabrera down until the umps took over.

The benches were warned, and Mackanin had some choice comments for the umpiring crew, who were quick to eject the usually stoic manager. Anyone looking to learn lip reading would be advised to start by watching a clip of the ejection.

Ramos maintained after the game that the he lost his grip on the pitch, but Phillies beat writers suggested during the game that the pitch was retaliation for Cabrera’s exuberance when he flipped his bat after going yard off Ramos last September.

It would be disappointing if Ramos’ pitch had been intentional. Even those in favor of beaning a player would agree that the 8th inning of a tie game is a terrible time for that sort of showmanship, especially for such a silly reason. And let’s not overlook the fact that Odubel Herrera, Ramos’ own teammate, flips his bat every time he gets the wrapper off his gum. (And I sincerely adore him for it.)

In the future, I suggest a strongly worded letter and fewer base runners.

Clay Buchholz and the Phillies square off against Matt Harvey tomorrow night. Follow the action with us on Twitter @PhilliesNation.



  1. betasigmadeltashag

    April 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    This was a game that should have been won. First the Phillies had opportunities to score runs. Bad defense and bad base running cost them also. But the most offensive move was to bring Joley Rodreguiz who is not a major league pitcher, I get he may be the only lefty they have, but their has to be a better arm available. Not to mention that Ramos just made Cepedes look silly, and I understand the right left thing but sometimes that is overrated. I know it is only 7 games in, but this is a game this team needs to win.
    On the good side, Eikert looked real good even third time through the line up, and I like how they played all 27 outs. Nava also has shown some signs and if it continues, may be a good trade chip. Stassi going yard late was also a good sign.
    On an related note, I would prefer to see Neris over Beniot in the closer role, if not for the simple reason he could the future closer on a contending team in a year or two.

  2. bruce

    April 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    You have to give the Mets’ ace, Jacob DeGrom a lot of credit on a night when he didn’t have his best stuff at the beginning of the game. He is the ace because, unlike the other starters in the Mets rotation, he can figure out which are his most effective pitches against the Phillies line-up last night when he is not at his best. He completely shut the Phillies offense down after the first inning. It became a pitching duel between DeGrom and Eickhoff until The red hot bat of Jay Bruce who has had a lot of success in the past against the Phillies exploded for two HRs and 3 RBIs.

    Lets hope the Phillies can bounce back tonight and even the series.

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