The Mets were blanked by the Phillies 5-0 on Saturday night at Citi Field. >> Box score
Five Takeaways from Saturday's game
1) Marcus Stroman's night got off to a very slow start, and as has been the case in many of his Mets' outings, he just never seemed to get into a groove on the mound. The very first batter of the game, Cesar Hernadez, hooked a solo home run down the right-field line to give the Phillies the early lead. The Phillies would go on to load the bases in the first, but Stroman was able to work out of the jam. It wouldn't be the last time that Stroman found himself with runners on base.
2) In the fourth inning, a JD Davis error in left field opened the floodgates for the Phillies. After dropping what was a routine Scott Kingery line drive to left, Davis showed some frustration as the Phillies strung together hit after hit. Hernandez singled in another run, as did JT Realmuto. Corey Dickerson then drove in a pair of runners on a line-drive bullet down the right-field line, putting the Phillies up 5-0.
3) In the bottom of the fourth inning, Jed Lowrie made his long-anticipated Mets' debut. After spending the entire season rehabbing multiple injuries, Lowrie appeared as a pinch-hitter with two runners on and one out. Batting right-handed off of Drew Smyly, Lowrie went down swinging on a high fastball. Smyly had his best start as a Phillie on Saturday, tossing seven scoreless innings while allowing just four hits.
4) Stroman's final line wasn't pretty. He allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits in four innings. He didn't walk a batter while striking out six, but his ERA is up to 5.05 in seven starts with the Mets since the trade deadline. His overall 2019 ERA is now up to 3.42, compared to the 2.96 ERA he posted in 21 starts with the Blue Jays.
5) The Mets' bats stayed quiet, but the bullpen did a nice job of not allowing the lead to grow any further. Daniel Zamora, Walker Lockett, Jeurys Familia, and Tyler Bashlor combined for five innings of scoreless ball, while allowing just one hit (a Sean Rodriguez single off of Familia in the eighth).
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The Mets and Phillies finish their three-game set at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Noah Syndergaard (10-7, 3.94 ERA) will take the ball for the Mets, opposite of Phillies righty Vince Velasquez (6-7, 4.80 ERA).