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Phillies drop heartbreaker in Queens, are now 10.5 games out of first place


Corey Knebel blew a save on Sunday. (Photo by John Adams/Icon Sportswire)

Final Score: Mets 5, Phillies 4

NEW YORK — Eduardo Escobar’s game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the tenth secured a Memorial Day weekend Mets sweep over the Phillies. While trailing 3-1, Nick Castellanos gave the Phillies the lead with a three-run home run, but that moment of joy was fleeting as Mets prospect Nick Plummer handed Phillies closer Corey Knebel the blown save with a first-pitch home run in the ninth.

Former Met Zack Wheeler gave the Phillies another solid performance. After allowing three runs (two unearned) in the first, the right hander allowed only one hit from innings two through six, securing his fifth quality start in his last six outings.

The Phillies are now 10.5 games out of first place in the NL East and six games under .500 for the first time since 2017. Philadelphia now has a 6-14 record against divisional opponents this season.

The Phillies will not play the Mets again until August.

There’s a drive

Castellanos has been the poster child of the Phillies’ May struggles. Entering Sunday, the Phillies right fielder was batting .225 with a .626 OPS in May, his lowest in a calendar month since September 2020. With two on, two out and an 0-2 count in the eighth inning, his team needed a big hit to salvage anything from a disastrous weekend in Flushing. At the time, it appeared he came through with a three-run shot into the first row of seats in left field.

It was the sixth go-ahead run the Phillies have hit this season while trailing. The hit was also Castellanos’ third-career go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later. Too bad it wasn’t the biggest hit of the game.

Call a Plummer

It was a work of art, really. With a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, closer Corey Knebel came into the game looking to get the final three outs against the bottom of the Mets lineup. The first pitch was a 96 mph cookie right down the middle for Plummer, who launched his first major league hit into the second deck in right field.

It was beautiful moment for the 25-year-old and yet another moment of misery in the Phillies’ yearbook of sadness.

Where are the fundamentals?

If your little league team played the kind of first inning the Phillies did, you would get an earful from your coaches when you returned from the bench.

With first and third and nobody out, Francisco Lindor hit a ground ball to first base. Rhys Hoskins went to second, but the throw pulled the shortstop Johan Camargo off the bag. He tried to salvage the play with a throw to home that was not in time. Hoskins was charged with a throwing error and everybody was safe.

New York went on to score the second run of the inning on a ball hit to what Erik Kratz characterized as “The Bermuda Triangle.” Hoskins, Jean Segura and Nick Castellanos all converged to the spot, but nobody could catch up to the ball. It’s a play that seems to happen quite a bit with the Phillies since they opt to play their outfielders a bit deeper than most teams to compensate for the lack of range in the corner spots. The tradeoff is for fewer balls that go over the outfielder’s head that result in extra-base hits. Fittingly enough, Luis Guillorme’s leadoff double in the first came off a fly ball that went over Kyle Schwarber’s head. To be fair, he probably wasn’t catching that ball anyway.

Shibe Vintage Sports Notes

  • The Phillies are now 0-3 on Sunday Night Baseball in 2022. As far as we know, the Phillies do not have another primetime game on ESPN scheduled for this year, but that could change.
  • Mets closer Edwin Diaz has struck out nine and allowed zero earned runs in his last four outings against the Phillies.
  • After the game, the Phillies optioned left handed pitcher Bailey Falter to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Ticket IQ Next Game

  • Monday, May 30 vs. San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park
  • 4:05 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Radio: Sportsradio 94 WIP
7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Matt

    May 29, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    SEASON OVER. SHUT IT ALL DOWN. FIRE JOE GIRARDI.

  2. Thiago Feliciano

    May 30, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Watching this team play is disgusting to say the least.

  3. Mike

    May 30, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Watching the way this team loses is like watching a car wreck atop a train wreck. It’s embarrassing and pathetic. Anyway a team can lose, they’ll find it. Girardi has no clue, either. The most overrated coach ever.

    He’s got to go. Wrong guy/wrong team. He adds nothing. As for the players, they’re gutless. None of them, save Harper, should dare ask to be paid. They’ll talk a good game, then okay like high schoolers.

    I’m done.

  4. Mike

    May 30, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Play like high schoolers/edit

  5. seahawk7

    May 30, 2022 at 6:15 am

    Let’s see…..where to start???….It’s early yet. We can turn this around. It’s early yet. (August 1st and we are only 23 1/2 out, we can still turn this around). Really? I don’t like to use relievers 3 times in a row because it is a long season. Seriously? So prior to that we bring in our closer in a non save situation and he is done for the next game. (as well as 3 other relievers, leaving the bullpen catcher warming up to come in). Seriously?? Start Falter against the Mets because our starters need a rest. Hello it’s May!!! Again seriously? Herrera in center field is our best option right now. Double seriously?? I really thought Joe would be the answer for this team when he was hired. Now, he is not to blame for everything, but he has made some bone head moves for sure. And this “murders row” lineup??? What more can be said. My prediction: (1) Joe is gone today or tomorrow. As far as who takes over…anyone’s guess. (2) Trade deadline is a sell off. I would like to be more optomisitc, but how could you be at this point.

    • Rick

      May 30, 2022 at 8:43 am

      This is Nuke Laloosh at its best. Truly amazing what goes on with this team.For the starters on this team I am not sure how they would get to 10 wins unless they throw 10 complete games. I don’t even want to panic but good team or bad team except for maybe 2 guys in the bullpen the rest should be traded because I am not sure how you can do worse.

      Herrea absolutely needs to go, again I am not sure how you do worse. Hoskins is the same thing, I’ve grown so tired of his rah rah but I suck act. I am actually good with the new guys Nick and Kyle do always give you a professional at bat and that is all I can ask for. Segura and Bohm have come the play and what can you say about Harper.

      I am actually thinking it has to be the manager and the approach. This has been going on way to long to be just the players.

      To be honest I have no idea what ails this horrible club.

  6. Tim Flynn

    May 30, 2022 at 9:43 am

    How can everyone in the lineup be in a slump at the same time? Too many lineup changes, need a real lead off batter not named Hoskins. Get Moniak back in center and call up Hall to replace Hoskins on first. Amaro is the next manager

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