Phillies’ bats back De Los Santos’ winning debut

By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff 

Final: Philadelphia Phillies 7, New York Mets 3  ❖  Attendance: 22,416

QUEENS, NY — Tonight's Philadelphia Phillies (51-39) and New York Mets (36-53) match-up was notable for an unusual occurrence: both starting pitchers were making their Major League debuts. Although this last happened only four seasons ago, it is extremely rare. In this particular rookie battle, the Phils came out on top. Instead of starting the Triple-A All-Star Game, Enyel De Los Santos was fantastic for the Phillies in his debut tonight. Over six and 1/3 innings, the righty allowed three runs on five hits. De Los Santos walked three and struck out six. The bullpen was solid in relief, combining for two and 2/3 innings in which no runs and two hits were allowed.

The Phillies hitters took advantage of the Mets' visibly nervous rookie starter. For the thirteenth time in his career, Maikel Franco knocked in four or more runs. He is also batting .409 this month, which is a good sign for the offensively inconsistent third baseman. With his fifth inning homer, Odubel Herrera now has a new career high with 16. Carlos Santana has an impressive 74 walks on the season, as he added two to his total tonight. As an interesting side note, Jorge Alfaro became the first Phillie this season to get hit by a pitch twice in one game.

WP: Enyel De Los Santos (1-0, 4.26 ERA)  ❖  LP: Drew Gagnon (0-1, 11.57 ERA)

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Game Summary

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PHI 0 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 7 13 0
0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 7 0

The Phillies took an early lead in tonight's ballgame. With one out, Nick Williams singled on a ball to second base that was deflected by Mets' starter Drew Gagnon. Shortstop Scott Kingery grounded into a forceout, replacing Williams at first base. Jorge Alfaro was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with two outs for Maikel Franco. He blasted a three-run homer to left field. Phils pitcher Enyel De Los Santos was retired on a bunt groundout to end the inning.

The Phils extended their lead in the third inning. After Cesar Hernandez lined out for the first out, Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera hit back-to-back singles. Carlos Santana followed with a walk to load the bases for Williams. He singled to left-center field, scoring both Hoskins and Herrera. Santana advanced to third base on the hit. During Kingery's at-bat, Williams moved up to second on a wild pitch. Unfortunately, Kingery popped into a double play. It looked as though he had a shot at a bloop single, but the ball was caught. Santana tried to score on the play, but was thrown out at the plate for the final out.

The Mets got a run back in their half of the third. Amed Rosario tripled to left field to lead off the inning. In his attempt to catch the ball, Hoskins ran into the wall full force and fell backward. Both the Phillies manager and athletic trainer ran out to left field to check on Hoskins, but the left fielder waved off their concerns and stayed in the game. Gagnon followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to make it a 5-1 game. De Los Santos retired the next two batters, Brandon Nimmo and Jose Bautista, on a strikeout and flyout, respectively, to get out of the inning.

The Phils tacked on another run in the fifth inning. With one out, Herrera homered to right-center field. After a strikeout by Santana, Williams hit his third single of the game. This marked the end of Gagnon's big league debut, as he was removed in favor of reliever Tyler Bashlor. During Kingery's at-bat, Williams was caught stealing for the third out.

The Phillies scored again in the sixth. Kingery led off the inning with a double. One out later, Franco singled to center to knock in his fourth run of the game. De Los Santos moved Franco up to second on a sacrifice bunt. However, Franco was stranded, as Hernandez was retired on a flyout to end the inning.

The Mets got a couple of runs back in the seventh. Jose Reyes led off the inning with a walk. A wild pitch during the at-bat of Ty Kelly allowed Reyes to move up to second base. Kelly grounded out to the pitcher, which kept Reyes from advancing to third. Rosario hit his second triple of the game to score Reyes. With pinch-hitter Michael Conforto coming to the plate, the Phillies opted to make a pitching change. De Los Santos was removed in favor of reliever Mark Leiter Jr. Conforto grounded out to shortstop. Kingery threw to first to get the sure out, rather than to try to throw Rosario out at the plate. This made it a 7-3 game with the Phils still on top. Nimmo struck out for the final out of the frame.

Fortunately for the Phillies, that was the extent of the scoring for the Mets in the ballgame. The Phils' bullpen was able to hold down the opposition to secure De Los Santos' first big league win.

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Starting Pitchers

Enyel De Los Santos 6.1 5 3 3 3 6 0 4.26
Drew Gagnon 4.2 7 6 6 1 3 2 11.57

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At the Plate


  • Maikel Franco: 2-4, R, HR, 4 RBI, .274 AVG
  • Nick Williams: 3-5, R, 2 RBI, .253 AVG
  • Odubel Herrera: 2-5, 2 R, HR, RBI, .278 AVG


  • Amed Rosario: 3-4, 2 R, 2 3B, RBI, .242 AVG
  • Wilmer Flores: 1-3, 2B, .273 AVG
  • Jose Bautista: 1-4, .215 AVG

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  • Mark Leiter Jr. (7th): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 2.92 ERA
  • Edubray Ramos (8th): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 1.14 ERA
  • Tommy Hunter (9th): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 4.55 ERA


  • Tyler Bashlor (5th, 6th, 7th): 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 4.50 ERA
  • P.J. Conlon (8th, 9th): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR, 8.22 ERA

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What's Next

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018: at New York Mets, 7:10 p.m.
    • Queens – Citi Field
    • RHP Vince Velasquez (5-8, 4.69 ERA) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (5-4, 1.79 ERA)
    • TV: NBCSP; Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP, WTTM 1680

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