Game 36 - Sunday Afternoon, September 6th in Flushing
Record - 19-17, 2nd Place, 3 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Shaky defense, an unhittable Jacob deGrom and a tough day from the bullpen all contributed to this blowout 14-1 loss to the Mets.
What It Means: This was a horrendous loss. Best just to move on.
What Happened: deGrom allowed a run (a solo home run to Andrew Knapp in the second) on three hits while striking out 12. Aaron Nola struck out 10, but costly errors and mental mistakes from Adam Haseley, Alec Bohm, Rhys Hoskins and Didi Gregorius led to three unearned runs. The bullpen trio of Heath Hembree, Mauricio Llovera and Blake Parker combined on 2 2/3 innings, allowing 9 hits, 8 runs and 3 home runs. Parker's runs allowed were the first runs he had allowed all season.
Bryce Harper, who appeared to have cut his hair following Saturday night's ejection, went 1 for 2.
Featured Card: Llovera made his big league debut and exited after an inning with a 36.00 ERA. Facing 10 batters, he gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk. On a positive note, he earned his first strikeout when he caught Mets' catcher Wilson Ramos looking in the 7th.
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Also of note, the Phillies added three more players to their 60-man player pool - Henri Lartigue (c), Jeff Singer (lhp) and Luke Williams (inf). I believe that brings the club to 59 players, with just one spot still open - 28 active, 5 on the injured list (not counting the 2 on the 60-day injured list) and 26 training in Lehigh Valley.
Lartigue and Williams were both non-roster invitees to spring training and Singer is a new name for the mix. A Philadelphia native and a graduate of Rutgers, Singer has been pitching through the Phillies minor league system since 2016 and he appeared in 42 games last season for the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils, going 7-0 with a 2.34 ERA. It would be quite the story if Singer joins the Phillies at some point, as he was a non-drafted free agent signing back in October 2015.
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