Tylor Megill and the Mets were the first combination to shutout the Phillies this season and Friday night, Megill and four relievers combined to no-hit the Phillies, beating them 3-0 at CitiField. The win pushed the Phillies further back from the division leading Mets who have the best record in the NL.
WALKING, NOT HITTING… Mets pitchers walked six Phillies batters, but the Phillies couldn’t get a hit off any of the five who threw against their offense… It was the third time this season the Phils were shutout and this one came after they scored eight runs per game in a sweep of the Colorado Rockies… Kyle Schwarber drew three of the six walks and was officially 0-for-0 in the game… Rhys Hoskins went 0-for-4 and saw his average fall below the .200 mark, leaving him at .194 on the season.
HR: PHIL – none; NYM – Alonso (4)
FAILURE TO SUPPORT… Aaron Nola has pitched well, but the offense seems to take the day off when he throws. In his last four starts – covering 21 2/3 innings – the Phillies have not scored while Nola was on the mound. Two of the three games where the Phillies have been shutout have come during starts by Nola… Nick Nelson came on in relief of Nola and threw two shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk. Nelson lowered his ERA to 3.60 on the season.
WP: Megill (4-0, 1.93), LP: Nola (1-3, 3.90), SV: Diaz (4, 1.80)
PHIL-INS… Schwarber had a good game. In addition to his three walks, he stole his first base of the season and picked up an outfield assist when he threw Robinson Cano at second base… Former Phillie Joely Rodriguez threw one shutout inning, but walked two batters in the game. On the season, Rodriguez has a 5.87 ERA with the Mets… Another former Phillie, outfielder Travis Jankowski came in defensively for the Mets late in the game. “Janko from Lanco” is now batting .318 (7-for-22) in 13 games with the Mets this season.
ON THE AGENDA… The Phillies (10-11, 5 GB, T-3rd NL East) and Mets (15-6, 1st NL East) play the second game of their three-game series Saturday night with Kyle Gibson (2-1, 3.47) on the mound for Philadelphia and Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) pitching for the Metropolitans.