Mets 6, Phillies 5: Jake Arrieta unravels against Mets, who are fired up by his HBPs

Mets 6, Phillies 5: Jake Arrieta unravels against Mets, who are fired up by his HBPs


NEW YORK — The New York Mets hit just about everything that Jake Arrieta had Saturday night and the Phillies suffered their 21st loss in the last 34 games. The final score from Citi Field was 6-5.

Arrieta could not hold an early 3-1 lead and he completely unraveled in the fifth inning.

The Phillies are 46-43 as they head into the final game before the All-Star break on Sunday.

The Phillies are in third place in the NL East, 6½ games behind first-place Atlanta and a half-game behind second-place Washington.

Arrieta’s night

In a word, it was terrible. He allowed 14 base runners in 4 1/3 innings. He gave up 11 hits and hit three batters.

Two of the hit batsmen came in an eventful fifth inning in which the Mets scored three runs to erase a one-run deficit and take a 6-4 lead.

The fun started with one out when Arrieta hit Todd Frazier with a pitch. Frazier, who was hit by Vince Velasquez on Friday night, was not happy with Arrieta — even though the offending pitch was a changeup and Arrieta was clearly not trying to hit anyone. Both benches were warned, ridiculously, and Frazier was eventually ejected. Arrieta then gave up a double to Dominic Smith on the next pitch before hitting Amed Rosario with another changeup to load the bases.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway wanted Arrieta ejected after hitting Rosario with a 1-2 changeup. The umpires, who got the first warning wrong, got this one right and let Arrieta stay in the game. Callaway was ejected.

Arrieta then gave up a three-run gapper to Tomas Nido as the Mets took the lead.

Continued struggles

Arrieta has a 4.67 ERA in 18 starts this season. His ERA is 6.63 in his last seven starts.

Over his last 27 starts, dating to Aug. 12 when he began a late-season slide in 2018, his ERA is 5.17.

The Phillies thought they were getting more for their three-year, $75 million investment (see story).

Defensive issues

Arrieta allowed a leadoff single in the first, hit a batter and gave up an RBI double to Michael Conforto. Conforto hit it hard right over the first-base bag. Rhys Hoskins was in position to make a play and help Arrieta because he was holding the runner, but the ball got past him.

Extra-base pop

Thursday night in Atlanta, the Phils lost, 12-6. They had 12 hits, but just one for extra bases. The Braves had 12 hits, 10 for extra bases.

The Phillies have slugged more in the first two games in New York. They had five extra-base hits in Friday night’s win and three early in this game. Jay Bruce (two-run shot) and Maikel Franco went deep on Noah Syndergaard in the second inning and Hoskins had and RBI double in the third.

The offense slowed later in the game and the Phils were just 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position for the night. Jean Segura, down 0-2 in the count, battled Seth Lugo for nine pitches before striking out with two men on to end the eighth. That was the Phils’ last best chance.

Up next

The series concludes Sunday afternoon in the final game before the All-Star break. Aaron Nola (7-2, 3.89) pitches against Zack Wheeler (6-5, 4.42).

Nola is on a roll. He has given up just one earned run and 11 hits in 23 innings over his last three starts.

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Strange postgame vibe after an inexcusably ugly Phillies loss

Strange postgame vibe after an inexcusably ugly Phillies loss

Where does one begin after a night like this?

With the offense that loaded the bases twice in the first three innings against Clayton Kershaw and stranded all six runners?

With an infield that forgot how many outs there were in an almost comically ugly fourth inning?

With the bullpen currently filled with mostly fringe or inexperienced major-league relievers that turned a six-run game into a 13-run game and stood no chance against the Dodgers' potent lineup?

With the $330 million outfielder who has been outplayed by more than a few visiting superstars at Citizens Bank Park this season?

This 16-2 loss, this was the kind of game that left the manager, the players, the fans and the reporters with more questions than answers.

"It's certainly not encouraging," Gabe Kapler said when asked about the embarrassing performance.

The manager didn't do much expanding. He didn't need to. The fact is the 2019 Dodgers are worlds better than the 2019 Phillies. L.A.'s rotation goes five, six, seven deep. Their lineup can beat you with power, with plate selection, with contact or with small ball like they used in the fourth inning, when they perfectly executed a safety squeeze and a double-steal of second and home.

Facing Kershaw, you're not going into the game with huge expectations. The Phillies were +160 underdogs, one of the biggest underdog lines you will see for a baseball team playing at home. But this was still pathetic. Inexcusable. Baffling. Concerning.

Why is it that opposing offenses can come into this park and make it look small? Why is it that opposing hitters can take such advantage of these juiced baseballs but the Phillies cannot? Cody Bellinger had as many home runs in a three-inning span Monday as Harper has in his last 17 home games.

The Phillies have been outscored 34-8 by the Dodgers, the team every other club in the National League knows it probably must get through to make it to the World Series. What is the Phillies' goal at this point? Is it to chase the wild-card? Is it to make it to a one-game playoff, cross their fingers and call it a job well done?

That wasn't the goal in the spring, when this team had 90-plus win aspirations and looked like it might feature five All-Stars.

This is why the game isn't played on paper, they say.

"I think after yesterday's game everybody's real positive and after a game like tonight you feel like you got kicked in the teeth," said Jay Bruce, who stranded six runners. "You get to start over each day and you get to start a game at 0-0 and have an opportunity to win. We have to play better, for sure. But as poorly as we've played, we're still right there in the wild-card hunt and you never know what's going to happen in the division so we just need to play like we can and play more consistent baseball and see what happens. ... A night like tonight is tough but we get to come back tomorrow and do it again."

There weren't many players in the clubhouse when it opened. Harper was sitting right there waiting, like he always does, no matter the game's outcome. He deserves credit for that, even if some of his answers rang hollow.

Zach Eflin, who has allowed 22 runs in his last 20 innings, actually took some positives from his start.

"I really felt like I probably gave up only two hard-ish hit balls that (fourth) inning," he said. "But at the end of the day, I felt like I got better today. I thought me and J.T. (Realmuto) did a good job of mixing pitches and really getting my curveball and changeup over. So although the box score doesn't really look too good, I feel like I took a lot of positives from today.

"We're all calm. There's no need to panic. We know how good we're going to be and it's just going to take that one time, that one game that everything clicks and then it's going to be a fun rest of the year."

They're fine. Everything is fine. The season isn't deteriorating two weeks before the trade deadline.

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Phillies embarrassed by Dodgers and have 2 of the ugliest innings you'll ever see

Phillies embarrassed by Dodgers and have 2 of the ugliest innings you'll ever see


What a completely humiliating loss for the Phillies.

It wasn't just that they were blown out, 16-2, by the visiting Dodgers. It was the way it unfolded and the way it sounded.

The Dodgers, with so many of their fans chanting and cheering throughout the night, scored six runs in the Phillies' ugliest inning of the season, the top of the fourth Monday. 

They went single, RBI double, groundout, RBI single, walk, RBI single, safety squeeze RBI single, sacrifice, RBI single, double steal of 2nd and home.

The Dodgers' catcher, Austin Barnes, laid down the successful squeeze. Cesar Hernandez was shifted all the way toward the second base bag and had no chance to scamper to first in time to receive the throw from Zach Eflin. A few batters later, it was again the catcher Barnes who stole home.

And that wasn't even the worst look of the inning. When Eflin struck out Alex Verdugo for the third out, the Phillies were so out of it that the entire infield appeared to not know it was the third out. Realmuto trickled the ball back to the pitcher, Eflin and his fielders stood around, and then after a few seconds, all realized in unison the inning was over and walked toward the dugout. 

The boos just rained down.

You can't blame Phillies fans at this point. They've been watching bad baseball for six weeks. An offense that can't consistently pick up the big hit, a rotation that can't get six innings deep nearly enough, a bullpen that can't protect leads.

It all bubbled to the surface Monday in an ugly loss, the kind of loss one would hope leads to a team meeting or a tough conversation or something that shows these coaches and players are taking the mounting losses personally.

And it got even worse

The Dodgers later added four homers, two by Cody Bellinger. Bellinger had as many home runs at CBP Monday as Bryce Harper has in his last 17 home games.

And still, it got worse. In the eighth inning, Yacksel Rios was ejected for hitting Justin Turner after Verdugo's homer, Edgar Garcia couldn't get a third out, the Dodgers scored five more runs and the Phillies were forced to insert Roman Quinn to pitch ... with the bases loaded. Quinn did get the inning-ending flyout before allowing two more runs in the ninth.

The Phillies are 48-46. Tomorrow night is Vince Velasquez against Walker Buehler.

Missed opportunities

The Phillies loaded the bases in the first and third innings against Clayton Kershaw and stranded all six runners. Jay Bruce was the main culprit, flying out to end the first and striking out on three pitches with one out and the sacks full in the third.

The Phillies reached base twice via error against Kershaw in the third inning. When you're facing a Hall of Fame pitcher, you have to cash in when you get the chance. The Phillies couldn't. You almost knew before the Dodgers even crossed the plate that this would be costly.

Segura dinged?

Jean Segura was limping in the field in the top of the ninth and again after his groundout in the bottom of the ninth. Manager Gabe Kapler said after the game that Segura was being examined but had no further update. We'll know more Tuesday.

Up next

The Phillies again miss NL All-Star starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, but that just means they get the rest of the Dodgers' strong rotation.

Tuesday night at 7:05 — Vince Velasquez (2-5, 4.63) vs. Walker Buehler (8-1, 3.46)

Wednesday night at 7:05 — Nick Pivetta (4-4, 5.81) vs. Kenta Maeda (7-6, 3.82)

Thursday afternoon at 12:35 — Aaron Nola (8-2, 3.63) vs. Ross Stripling (4-3, 3.65)

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