The Phillies jumped the Mets for six runs in the fourth inning and cruised to a 7-2 win Saturday afternoon in the first of two games between the clubs played in a soccer stadium in London. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Mets.

Sean Manaea started for the Mets and looked good early before the roof caved in. After retiring the first batter, Manaea served up a gopher ball that tied the score at 1-1. With two on and two out, Manaea got a fly to right field that looked like it was going to end the inning. But the FOX announcers said that Starling Marte got a bad jump on the ball. And earlier in the broadcast, they talked about how bouncy the turf was. Marte, who doesn’t dive for balls, let it drop and concentrated on not letting the ball get by him.

After that RBI single, the next batter homered, which was followed by a double and an RBI single and Manaea was chased from the game and six runs were in.

The Mets had 10 hits in the game but just couldn’t come up with a big one. They went 2-11 with RISP and one of those hits didn’t drive in a run. Four different players had two-hit games, including Francisco Lindor, who also walked and scored both runs.

2 comments on “Gut Reaction: Phillies 7, Mets 2 (6/8/24)

  • T.J.

    Manaea looking more like a middle reliever long man in recent starts.

  • Brian Joura

    From SNY:

    “They were having a hard time seeing the ball off the bat, especially in that particular time with the sun coming down and the roof there,” Mendoza said. “It’s hard to pick it up, that’s the explanation that I got from Marte and Bader…for the first couple of innings especially the third, fourth inning they couldn’t see the ball off the bat.”

    Marte confirmed this in the locker room after the game, saying that the sun was right behind home plate, making it particularly difficult to find the ball on hits to center and right field. He said he didn’t see Sosa’s pop-up until it was too late to make a play on the ball.

    “It was difficult to see, I kind of had to wait for the ball to get out of the shadow where it was,” Marte explained through an interpreter. “When I saw the reaction of the hitter, he was also kind of lost, and I knew that a ball had been hit but I just couldn’t pick it up right then and there, but when I saw his reaction and I saw him move I was able to pick it up shortly after.”

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