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  • Phillies @ Mets: 04/23 7:10 PM ET; SNY, NBCSN; WCBS, ESPN, WPHT

    GAME 23, HOME GAME 7

    Tuesday, 23rd April
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field









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    Banged-up Phillies Get Another Crack at Mets

    ​ -- The New York Mets, who dropped a three-game series at Philadelphia last week, will look to clinch a three-game series with the visiting Phillies on Tuesday.

    After New York took the opener 5-1 on Monday, Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler will start Tuesday against Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin.

    Both teams are 12-10, including a 2-2 mark in head-to-head matchups.

    Wheeler (1-2, 6.35 ERA) has steadily improved this season.

    The 28-year-old Georgia native has tossed consecutive quality starts. In his most recent outing, Wheeler gave up three runs in seven solid innings during a 3-2 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday. He was touched for solo homers by Scott Kingery and Cesar Hernandez.

    "I think those are just two mistakes that cost me and cost the team a win, and other that, I did well," Wheeler said. "I definitely need to cut down on the walks. Those have been killing me so far this year. I just needed to attack the zone early and get ahead."

    Wheeler has had success against the Phillies in his career, going 4-2 with a 3.67 ERA in 11 starts.

    Eflin (2-2, 3.68 ERA) also took a hard-luck loss last week. In six innings against the Rockies on Thursday, he allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings. He primary blemish was a three-run homer he served up to Ryan McMahon.

    "I'm not disappointed with the way I pitched," Eflin he reporters after the outing. "It was one moment."

    Eflin has allowed two or fewer earned runs in three of his four starts this year. He is 2-3 with a 5.25 ERA in seven career starts against Philadelphia.

    It is unclear if Eflin will be facing the Mets' hottest hitter, Jeff McNeil. The infielder/outfielder stayed red hot Monday with a solo homer and a single to increase his average to .384. However, he was also hit in the hand by a Jose Alvarez pitch. Postgame X-rays reportedly were negative, but McNeil's status for Tuesday was uncertain.

    McNeil has crushed the Phillies in his career, going 28-for-58 (.483) in 15 career games.

    The Mets also received a lift Monday from third baseman Todd Frazier, who went 1-for-4 in his season debut after missing the first 21 games due to a strained left oblique.

    The struggling Phillies dropped three of four at Colorado last weekend, then looked flat in the series-opening loss to the Mets.

    Over the last five games, the Phillies are 7-for-39 with runners in scoring position.

    In the Monday contest, which started 95 minutes late due to a rain delay, the final 16 Phillies batters were retired.

    "I don't think anybody is hitting the panic button," first baseman Rhys Hoskins told reporters after hitting a solo homer for the team's lone run. "We've been pretty good at bouncing back."

    The patchwork Phillies lineup managed only three hits on Monday, two by Hernandez. Shortstop Jean Segura, center fielder Odubel Herrera and Kingery all went on the injured list in the past week due to a hamstring ailments.

    "We didn't swing the bats the way we're capable of swinging the bats," Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said after the game Monday.

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        Top of 1:
        Phillies first. McCutchen grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso. Realmuto singled to right. Harper struck out. Hoskins struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. Nimmo struck out. Alonso safe at first on throwing error by shortstop Gosselin. Canó lined out to left fielder McCutchen. Conforto lined out to right fielder Harper.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 2:
        Phillies second. Franco singled to left. Hernández lined out to center fielder Nimmo. Gosselin struck out. Eflin struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Ramos walked. McNeil flied out to right fielder Harper. Frazier struck out. Guillorme singled to left, Ramos to second. Wheeler doubled to right, Ramos scored, Guillorme scored. Nimmo safe at first on fielding error by second baseman Hernández, Wheeler scored. Alonso struck out.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 2

        Top of 3:
        Phillies third. Quinn struck out. McCutchen struck out. Realmuto struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Canó grounded out, second baseman Hernández to first baseman Hoskins. Conforto singled to left. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Gosselin to first baseman Hoskins, Conforto to second. McNeil flied out to left fielder McCutchen.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Phillies fourth. Lagares in as center fielder. Harper struck out. Hoskins struck out. Franco doubled to right. Hernández singled to left, Franco to third. Franco was out advancing, left fielder McNeil to catcher Ramos, Franco out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Frazier popped out to left fielder McCutchen. Guillorme popped out to left fielder McCutchen. Wheeler homered to center on the first pitch. Lagares popped out to right fielder Harper.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 5:
        Phillies fifth. Gosselin grounded out, shortstop Guillorme to first baseman Alonso. Walding pinch-hitting for Eflin. Walding struck out. Quinn struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Anderson pitching. Alonso flied out to center fielder Quinn. Canó singled to left. Conforto singled to left, Canó to second. Ramos grounded out, pitcher Anderson to first baseman Hoskins, Canó to third, Conforto to second. McNeil was intentionally walked. Frazier homered to left on a 3-1 count, Canó scored, Conforto scored, McNeil scored. Guillorme grounded out, second baseman Hernández to first baseman Hoskins.
        Runs: 4, Hits: 3

        Top of 6:
        Phillies sixth. McCutchen grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Realmuto singled to center. Harper fouled out to catcher Ramos. Hoskins flied out to left fielder McNeil.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Wheeler struck out. Lagares walked on a full count. Alonso popped out to shortstop Gosselin. Canó singled to center, Lagares to third. Conforto walked on four pitches, Canó to second. Ramos singled to left, Lagares scored, Canó to third, Conforto to second. McNeil struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 7:
        Phillies seventh. Franco grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Wheeler. Hernández grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted. Gosselin grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Williams in as left fielder. Altherr in as right fielder. Frazier struck out. Guillorme grounded out, shortstop Gosselin to first baseman Hoskins. Davis pinch-hitting for Wheeler. Davis singled to left. Lagares grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman Hernández to shortstop Gosselin, Davis out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 8:
        Phillies eighth. Avilán pitching. Broxton in as left fielder. d'Arnaud in as catcher. McNeil in as second baseman. Anderson struck out, catcher d'Arnaud to first baseman Alonso. Quinn struck out. Williams grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Knapp in as catcher. Alonso walked on four pitches. Broxton struck out. Conforto lined out to right fielder Altherr.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 9:
        Phillies ninth. Rhame pitching. Knapp walked. Altherr grounded into a double play, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso, Knapp out. Hoskins walked on a full count. Franco lined out to left fielder Broxton.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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          Wheeler Homers, Strikes Out 11 as Mets Rout Phillies 9-0

          by BEN WALKER

          -- Power pitching, that's what the New York Mets hope to get from Zack Wheeler.

          But power hitting?

          Wheeler connected for his first major league home run and struck out 11 in seven sharp innings as the Mets handed the Philadelphia Phillies their fifth loss in six games, 9-0 on Tuesday night.

          "Pitching's obviously first, but we work a lot on our hitting and we take pride in it," Wheeler said.

          "We want to go up there and do well as a staff and not give them an easy out. Luckily, I wasn't an easy out tonight," he said.

          For the Phillies, it was another quiet day. Until two outs in the ninth, that is.

          That's when Mets reliever Jacob Rhame sailed two fastballs over Rhys Hoskins' head. The benches started to clear after the first time, and Hoskins angrily slung his bat after the next one, which was ball four.

          "I understand baseball. They got hit a couple times yesterday," Hoskins said.

          But that didn't make it any easier to accept, not after high heat buzzed his helmet. Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud "just said they were trying to go inside and I laughed," the Philadelphia cleanup man said.

          No doubt, it could make for tense times in the series finale Wednesday night.

          Before the late shenanigans, it was the Wheeler show.

          Wheeler also doubled and drove in three runs and Todd Frazier connected for a grand slam that made it 8-0 in the fifth.

          "I was like, God, he makes it look easy and I'm trying to get an extra-base hit or get on base," Frazier said. "It was nice to have him supply the RBIs, give himself a little breathing room and I came in at the end."

          Wheeler (2-2) became the majors' first 100-100 player this season - he hit and pitched a ball at least 100 mph, according to Statcast.

          "First pitcher ever to do that," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "That put him over the top, it seems like. And that's a real stat, by the way, I'm not making that up. He did everything right."

          Wheeler did it in his 100th career start, too. He fanned seven straight in the early innings, and gave himself a cushion at the plate.

          A career .129 hitter, Wheeler lined a two-run double in the second off Zach Eflin (2-3). The next time up, Wheeler did even better, launching a drive over the wall in left-center.

          Wheeler kept up a surprising longball show by Mets pitchers. Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom also have gone deep this year, making the Mets the first NL team in more than 110 years to have three pitchers homer in the first 25 games of a season.

          Frazier broke open the game with his fifth career slam, tagging Drew Anderson. Frazier made his season debut Monday after being slowed by a strained left oblique.

          Bryce Harper and the Phillies have totaled just two runs while losing three in a row, and were shut out for the first time season. They went down quietly Monday when their last 16 batters were retired, and manager Gabe Kapler said before this game that he wanted to see whether his team would respond with any energy.

          They didn't, at least until two outs in the ninth. The closest the Phillies came to scoring was in the fourth when Maikel Franco was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Jeff McNeil on Cesar Hernandez's single.

          "Very frustrating," Kapler said, adding, "It wasn't good effort."

          Hernandez also let an easy grounder roll through his legs with two outs in the second, allowing Wheeler to score from second.

          Mets relievers Luis Avilan and Rhame finished off the five-hitter.


          Wheeler improved to 35-32 lifetime. He struck out nine of the first 13 batters.

          QUIET HARPER

          Harper was hitless in three at-bats, striking out twice before leaving for a substitute. The Phillies star had an uneventful night, a day after his wild rant at an umpire that has Major League Baseball looking at whether he should be penalized.

          "Hope not. We'll see," Harper said.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Phillies: RHP Victor Arano (elbow inflammation) might be a couple weeks from throwing, Kapler said.

          Mets: CF Brandon Nimmo exited after three innings because of a left oblique twinge. ... SS Amed Rosario didn't start for the second straight day because of flu-like symptoms.

          UP NEXT

          Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (0-0, 2.55 ERA) hasn't given up more than two earned runs in any of this three starts this season.

          Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (1-0, 9.58) pitches while speculation swirls that Gio Gonzalez might be signed to take his spot in the rotation.

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