Mets 9, Phillies 4
Game 134 - Wednesday Night, September 2nd in Flushing
Record - 53-81, 5th Place, 21 1/2 games behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: Sloppy defense from the Phillies and continued dominance of the Mets offense over the Phillies pitching led to the 9-4 Mets win.
What It Means: This was the worst start of Aaron Nola's young career, as he departed after four innings having allowed six runs on nine hits. There were no official Phillies errors in this game, but unofficially there were questionable defensive plays all around.
What Happened: The Mets plated three runs in each of the second and third innings. Yoenis Cespedes capped the scoring with a solo home run in the eighth off Phillies pitcher Colton Murray who was making his Major League debut. Pinch-hitter Erik Kratz hit a two-run double in the fifth in his return to the Phillies and Darnell Sweeney added a solo home run (his third) in the seventh.
Featured Card: Domonic Brown tumbled over the concrete right field wall and into the stands attempting to track down a bloop hit from Ruben Tejada in the second. Tejada would come around to score on the inside-the-park home run. Brown left the game shortly thereafter and it was later announced that he'd be heading back to Philadelphia for concussion testing. I definitely hope that Brown is OK, and it will be a bizarre ending to an underwhelming Phillies career if this turns out to be his final game with the club.
I was featuring Brown's baseball cards on a regular basis a few seasons ago. This is just the second time all season I've featured a Brown card in a game summary post, which is a pretty good indication of how his season has gone.