The Phillies became an unfortunate part of history Friday night, suffering a combined no-hitter at the hands of the Mets. The Phils had been on a bit of a roll coming into tonight’s action, sweeping a four game set against the Colorado Rockies at home. The offense had come alive against Colorado, as the team scored 32 runs across four games. Unfortunately, their bats were stopped cold in Flushing, as the Mets held the Phillies to zero runs on six walks, and of course, no hits.
Tylor Megill stymied the Phils over 5.0 innings, while Drew Smith, Joely Rodríguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Díaz finished off the combined no-hitter. All told, Mets pitchers punched out 12 Phillies. The pitching wasn’t so bad for Philadelphia tonight either, as Aaron Nola provided a quality start, allowing three earned runs over six innings, while fanning nine. Nick Nelson added two scoreless frames of his own, collecting four strikeouts in the process. Despite the solid work on the mound from Nola and Nelson, the complete lack of run support did them in.
It was a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel through the first four innings, as Nola and Megill traded goose eggs. However, a fifth-inning double from Mark Canha placed runners on second and third, and Jeff McNeil drove a chest high fastball into center field for a two-RBI single. Pete Alonso tacked on one more in the sixth inning with a solo shot, and that proved to be all the offense the Mets would need.
The one bright spot of this uninspiring offense performance was Kyle Schwarber drawing a walk in all three of his plate appearances, hopefully getting the struggling left fielder back on track. Kyle Gibson will look to even up the series score tomorrow night as he faces off against New York’s Taijuan Walker.