Phillies win 4-2 over New York Mets to take first place in NL East standings
It was a majestic work of art from a player carving one hell of a season. Bryce Harper took a few slow, admiring steps towards first base. He took his bat in both hands. Then he took that Mets-Phillies series to another level, flipping the lumber in a dramatic 720 that would have made even the most critical of drum majors proud.
It was the eighth inning of a game that, by then, had been dominated by Kyle Gibson, the Phillies reliever box and an interesting defense from both teams. With no one out and Jean Segura first and the home team clinging to a one point lead, Harper crushed an Edwin Diaz fastball to 442 feet in neutral and made sure the Phillies would take it. the first place with authority. The 4-2 win over the Mets in Game 1 of a crucial NL East series propelled the Phillies to the top of the division for the first time since May 7, a streak that saw them lag behind by 4-1. / 2 games barely a week ago. . Now, with six straight wins and a rotation showing preliminary signs of stability, August feels incredibly alive.
Harper’s 19th home run of the season added more ammo to his MVP argument. More importantly, it showed what this Phillies team is capable of when their bat is backed up by a solid pitcher. Gibson recorded his second consecutive quality start since acquiring at the trade deadline, and Héctor Neris and Archie Bradley closed the seventh and eighth innings before Ian Kennedy allowed a solo home run while closing the ninth.
The Phillies are 57-53 and half a game ahead of the Mets in NL East.
Didi Gregorius: High
The shortstop surfaced after an abysmal season to reach base three times with a few more hits. In the second inning, he crushed a 3-2 fastball from Marcus Stroman in the second bridge to right field to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. In the fourth inning, Gregorius hit a two-out triple that Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo nearly chased to the wall before the ball came out of his glove.
Kyle Gibson: Same
It wasn’t the best outing for the newly acquired right-hander, but he blocked nine baserunners, four of which were hit by walks and two more by field errors. He’s now 2-0 as a Phillie after limiting the Mets to one run in six innings.
Archie Bradley: Up
He was electric as he struck out two of the three batters he faced in a closed eighth inning, lowering his ERA to 2.73.
Alec Bohm: down
Bohm now has twice as many field errors as he does home runs. The Phillies third baseman made two more on Friday, including a pitching error in the seventh inning that forced Neris to deal with high leverage issues. It was his 13th and 14th mistakes of the season, against seven home runs.
Even if COVID-19 does not move the Phillies forward, their defense remains an existential threat. Only a few offsetting jobs with gloves and timely cash throws on Friday kept their three mistakes from going downhill. In the fourth inning, a defensive error in Brad Miller’s first base on a crisp but playable ground ball contributed to a goal-laden no-exit situation that the Phillies were able to overcome with a double play. In the seventh, Segura delivered an impressive charge to block a runner who came on base thanks to a Bohm pitch error.
The Phillies and Mets continue their streak on Saturday at 7:05 pm The Mets’ Tylor Megill will face Ranger Suárez.