Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Game 22 - 2012 Topps Heritage #274 Justin De Fratus

Mets 5, Phillies 1
Game 22 - Monday Night, April 22nd in New York
Record - 12-10, Tied for 1st place, 1/2 game ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  After a 95-minute rain delay, the Phillies came out "flat" against the Mets and dropped this ballgame, 5-1.

What It Means:  Jake Arrieta called out his team after the game, noting that they didn't seem ready to play and the defense "wasn't good."  He had particularly harsh words for Bryce Harper, who was ejected from the dugout in the top of the fourth after arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire.  "I need my guys behind me and they weren't," Arrieta told reporters after the game.

What Happened:  The Phillies had just as many hits as errors (three) with Rhys Hoskins providing the only offense with a solo home run (6) right before Harper's ejection.  Arrieta lasted six innings, giving up four runs (three earned) while striking out seven.

Featured Card:  Unbelievably, the last Phillie ejected before Harper was Justin De Fratus on June 16, 2015.  This was during the infamous "white towel" game and a few weeks later manager Ryne Sandberg would resign.

Transactions:  The bullpen shuttle between the Phillies and Lehigh Valley has been getting extra mileage the last few weeks.  In need of a fresh arm, Austin Davis was sent down and Edubray Ramos came back up.

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