For the second straight night, the Mets and Phillies played a game that either team could have won. And for the second straight time, the Mets wound up on the wrong end of a one-run game, this time 5-4 in 10 innings Friday night in Philadelphia.
The Mets jumped out to a 2-0 lead and Tylor Megill was having a strong game. But it fell apart on him in the sixth inning, in part because of two plays not made by the defense. Neither one of these were easy plays but if either was made, the Phillies don’t score in the inning.
The first was on a ball hit up the middle that Francisco Lindor was able to field but Ronny Mauricio was not able to handle a somewhat-wild throw. Maybe Mauricio didn’t display the best footwork on the play. Maybe Lindor should have made a better throw. It was going to be a close play at second base regardless. The other tough play was a foul pop on the first base side that Mark Vientos wasn’t able to field. There was a very strong wind, one which might have cost the Mets a couple of homers in the game, blowing in from right that pushed the ball far away from Vientos. Maybe Omar Narvaez should have caught it. Either way, neither play was made and J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer to give the Phillies the lead.
Trailing 4-2, Francisco Lindor homered in the eighth inning to cut the deficit to one run. Then Brett Baty hit a monster HR to center in the top of the ninth to tie the game.
The Phillies threatened in the bottom of the ninth but Brooks Raley kept them off the board. The Mets had two on and one out in the 10th but Francisco Lindor went fishing on a ball and struck out for the second out. Jeff McNeil walked to load the bases but Pete Alonso flailed helplessly at another pitch in the dirt for the third out. It was the third strikeout of the game for Alonso.