Aaron Nola hurt the New York Mets while he was on the mound and in the batter’s box, as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Mets 3-1 in the second game of the doubleheader.
For Mets starter Corey Oswalt, things literally could not have gone more perfect through his first four innings. He was dealing, at one point striking out four straight Phillies batters. Trouble struck in the fifth inning for Oswalt though, as he walked two batters to start the inning. After intentionally walking Maikel Franco to load the bases to face Nola, the Mets seemed to be in prime position to escape the inning unscathed. But remember, this is the Mets, and it is 2018, so nothing will go as planned. Nola lined an opposite field double to clear the bases, giving the Phillies the three run lead that would stick.
Besides the fourth inning, Oswalt showed real promise this evening. He finished with a stat line of six innings pitched, with a career-high seven strikeouts. He doesn’t possess a blazing fastball like most upcoming pitchers do, but he proved that sometimes he can command his pitches effectively. His problem is that he seems to get unraveled once the opposition gets a runner on base. My Gut Reaction though is that he earned another opportunity to get another spot start for the team, and hopefully he will show the same type of command.
All of the offense for the Mets tonight came off of the bat of Wilmer Flores, who walked-off the first game of the doubleheader with a solo home run. He drove a single in the bottom of the first, and laced an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth with two outs to drive in the only Met run. For any Met not named Flores, it was a rough night. Flores was the only Met to hit safely, and the other Mets showed their frustration vividly by slamming their equipment to ground, a shooting a disgusted look to the sky.
Following the loss, the Mets record drops to 36-52. Tomorrow, the will again host the Phillies, as 28 year-old Drew Gagnon will make his Major League debut against Enyel De Los Santos, who is also making his Major League debut at 7:10 pm.