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Final: Phillies 6, Mets 5

WP: Ken Roberts (1-1, 7.11)  LP: Bobby Parnell (2-4, 6.38) SV: Giles (11)

Philadelphia, PA--Twenty minutes into the top of the first inning, it certainly didn't look like the Phillies were going to win the game. 

Phillies starter Alec Asher departed Wednesday night's loss after 43 pitches and five earned runs ceded to the New York Mets (89-69). He retired just two Mets in a dreadfully long top of the first that seemed to have no end in sight. Asher allowed a three-run shot to Daniel Murphy quickly followed by a two-run blast by Michael Conforto, and that was it for him.

But the Phillies' offense, fueled by singles and wild pitches by Mets relievers, came back by the sixth inning, taking a 6-5 lead and going on to win 7-5 for a series win against the division champions.

Manager Pete Mackanin pulled Asher in favor of Justin De Fratus, who provided solid mop-up duty into the fourth inning.

One point of concern with De Fratus' outing was his hitting the scorching Yoenis Cespedes on the left hand in the third (though the call was originally a foul ball, the Mets successfully challenged it and the call was overturned.) After Mets fans held their collective breath, it was finally announced that Yo's X-ray had come back negative, as he was only diagnosed with contusions on two fingers.

The Phillies got a pair of runs back in the bottom half of the third on a two-run double by Darin Ruf off of Logan Verrett of the Mets, scoring Freddy Galvis and Aaron Altherr to make it a 5-2 ballgame. 

Adam Loewen replaced De Fratus with two outs in the fourth, finishing the inning. He pitched 1.0 scoreless innings before giving way to Colton Murray, who finished the fifth. 

In the bottom of the fifth, Cody Asche drove in another run for the Phillies on a single to score Odubel Herrera (who was plunked as retaliation for the Phils' hitting Cespedes). With two on and one out, the Mets had pulled Verrett in favor of Erik Goeddel, who induced a pop-out from Darin Ruf. The hit came against Jon Niese, relieving Goeddel, as the Phillies cut it to 5-3. 

More apoplexy went down in the bottom of the sixth, as Mets reliever Hansel Robles threw a fastball very near Cameron Rupp's head and was summarily ejected by plate umpire and balk enthusiast Bob Davidson (the pitch was also determined to be a quick pitch). Terry Collins, coming out to argue, was also tossed by Davidson. 

Bobby Parnell, in for Robles, completed the walk of Rupp and then walked Chase d'Arnaud to put runners on first and second with one out. A wild pitch moved both runners up, giving Freddy Galvis a chance to tie the game with a single. Galvis delivered, singling to center and moving up to second on the throw home, which was not in time as d'Arnaud scored the tying run, making it 5-5. 

Dario Alvarez came on to retire Odubel Herrera and then hit Aaron Altherr, proceeding to give way to Carlos Torres, the Mets' fourth pitcher of the frame. Another wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third with two away for Darin Ruf, and YET ANOTHER scored Galvis from third to give the Phils a 6-5 lead before Ruf struck out to end the excruciatingly long but productive sixth inning.

Jerome Williams pitched an uneventful seventh for the Phils, holding the 6-5 lead for the Phillies. Addison Reed, on for the Mets in a Tony La Russa-like management of relievers, worked around a Brian Bogusevic single to get through the bottom of the frame. 

Dalier Hinojosa continued his impressive stretch with the big club, pitching a flawless eighth and lowering his ERA to 0.79 on the season. 

Former National Tyler Clippard allowed a leadoff double to Andres Blanco in the bottom of the eighth; Galvis bunted Blanco over on a sac bunt. Another--surprise--wild pitch scored Blanco from third to give the Phillies a 7-5 lead after eight innings.

Ken Giles came in to close out the game for the Phils, pitching a 1-2-3 inning as the Phils prevailed 7-5 on Wednesday night.

Tomorrow's original 7:05 start was moved up to 12:05 due to the impending threat of Hurricane Joaquin, classified as of Wednesday night as a Category III storm. Jerad Eickhoff will start for the Phils against the Mets starter, still TBD.

Starting Pitchers

Logan Verrett 4.1 4 3 3 4 5 0 3.66
Alec Asher 0.2 3 5 5 2 0 2 9.00
  • Verrett: No-decision; 86 pitches, 55 strikes; 2 groundouts, 3 flyouts; 21 faced batters
  • Asher: No-decision; 43 pitches, 24 strikes; 0 groundouts, 1 flyouts; 7 f2aced batters

Out of the 'Pen


  • Erik Goeddel (5th): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 2.51 ERA
  • Jon Niese (5th): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 4.17 ERA
  • Hansel Robles (6th): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 3.40 ERA
  • Bobby Parnell (6th): 0.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 6.38 ERA
  • Dario Alvarez (6th): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 12.00 ERA
  • Carlos Torres (6th): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 4.76 ERA
  • Addison Reed (7th): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 3.13 ERA
  • Tyler Clippard (8th): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 2.96 ERA


  • Justin De Fratus (1st): 3.0 IP, 3 H, o R, o ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 5.61 ERA
  • Adam Loewen (4th): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 7.36 ERA
  • Colton Murray (5th): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 5.40 ERA
  • Ken Roberts (6th): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 7.11 ERA
  • Jerome Williams (7th): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 5.85 ERA
  • Dalier Hinojosa (8th): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 0.79 ERA 
  • Ken Giles (9th): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 1.59 ERA

At the Plate:


  • Daniel Murphy: 1-5, R, HR, 3 RBI, .284 AVG
  • Michael Conforto: 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, .279 AVG
  • Curtis Granderson: 2-5, R, 2B, .257 AVG


  • Darin Ruf: 1-4, 2 RBI, 2B, .238 AVG
  • Freddy Galvis: 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI .267 AVG
  • Cody Asche: 1-4, RBI, .247 AVG

What's Next

  • Thursday, October 1: vs. New York Mets, 12:05 pm 
    • TBD vs. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (2-4, 4.43 ERA)
    • TV: CSN; Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT, WTTM 1680 (Sp.)

Theo DeRosa (@Derosatheo11) is a contributor to


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