Final Score: Phillies 5, Mets 3
The Philadelphia Phillies failed to hit a home run for the first time in 11 games, but it did not matter after an impressive outing by Jake Arrieta.
He pitched seven strong innings and the Phillies scored scattered runs in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings en route to a victory over the New York Mets.
The Phillies have now won five games in a row and 10 of their last 11. They are 19-15 on the season.
- Arrieta ran into some trouble in the first inning, allowing a leadoff base hit to Brandon Nimmo followed by a walk to Michael Conforto. But he retired the side with no further damage, keeping it scoreless after one.
- The Phillies got on the board first in the second inning. After Jean Segura walked and stole second, Jay Bruce looped a single into centerfield to make it 1-0.
- The Phillies extended their lead in the third. After Andrew McCutchen and Rhys Hoskins hit back-to-back singles, Didi Gregorius lined one into right field to extend the Phillies lead to 2-0, even though Hoskins was thrown out at second.
- The Mets got a leadoff baserunner in the third inning in Andres Gimenez, but Arrieta picked him off before retiring the side.
- The Mets threatened again in the fourth inning, after J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso both reached on singles. But Arrieta struck out Jeff McNeil to end the inning, and the Phillies lead remained 2-0.
- In the bottom of the fifth, Michael Conforto tied things up on a two-run home run.
- Meanwhile, Porcello settled down, throwing three consecutive 1-2-3 innings after allowing runs in the second and third.
- The Phillies took the lead in the top of the seventh. After Phil Gosselin doubled with two outs, Roman Quinn singled him home to make it 3-2.
- Arrieta finished strong, retiring the side in a quick 1-2-3 seventh inning.
- The Phillies kept adding them on in the eighth. After Rhys Hoskins walked and Didi Gregorius singled to start the inning, Jean Segura hit a one-out infield single that Hoskins scored on after the ball got past Mets first baseman Dominic Smith. Jay Bruce was walked to load the bases, and Adam Haseley was hit by a pitch to extend the lead to 5-2.
- The Mets struck back in the bottom of the eighth. Brandon Nimmo walked to begin the inning, and J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith hit back-to-back singles to make it 5-3. Tommy Hunter entered the game and retired the side to end the inning.
- Brandon Workman retired the side in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.
Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance
Rick Porcello: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 100 pitches
The Phillies ran Porcello’s pitch count up in the early going, but he settled down to have one of his better starts of an otherwise tough 2020.
Jake Arrieta: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Arrieta was coming off the shortest start of his career, and he bounced back to have a solid start.
Phillies Nuggets Player of the Game: Jake Arrieta
Outside of Conforto’s home run, Arrieta kept the Mets off the board and did a good job of working out of jams when baserunners did get on. He went seven innings for the first time since May 25, 2019 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
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