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Mets 7, Phillies 6 (11 innings): Rhys Hoskins' error dooms Phils as Aaron Nola struggles again

Mets 7, Phillies 6 (11 innings): Rhys Hoskins' error dooms Phils as Aaron Nola struggles again

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The Phillies suffered a 7-6 loss in 11 innings to the New York Mets on Monday night.

The Mets scored the go-ahead run on a two-out fielding error by Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins.

The Phillies had a chance to win it in the 10th but Jean Segura, the hero of Sunday’s 14-inning win in Miami, struck out with runners on the corners.

The Mets are 46-22 at Citizens Bank Park since the start of the 2012 season.

Aaron Nola did not pitch well in his fourth start of the season. He finished third in the NL Cy Young voting last season, but has not looked like the same guy in his first four starts of the new season.

The Phils are 9-6. The Mets are 10-6.

The keys

• Hoskins could not handle a hot smash from Michael Conforto in the 11th and that allowed the go-ahead run to score.

• Down a run in the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies got the first two men on base against Jeurys Familia. With the count 3-1, Maikel Franco smoked a one-hopper to third. Jeff McNeil made a terrific play to his glove side to take away a hit from Franco and start a 5-4-3 double play.

The Phillies still managed to tie the game in the inning as Andrew Knapp and Andrew McCutchen both drew walks against Familia to load the bases. The Mets replaced Familia with Robert Gsellman and he walked Segura on four pitches to force home Odubel Herrera with the tying run. Herrera had started the frame with a single. The Phils still had the bases loaded for Bryce Harper after Herrera trotted home with the tying run. However, Harper swung at the first pitch and popped out to shortstop.

• Drew Anderson, just up from Triple A, and Adam Morgan combined on four innings of scoreless relief to keep the Phillies alive.

• Franco tied the game with a two-run homer against Noah Syndergaard in the bottom of the fourth. The Mets went ahead on a solo homer by Brandon Nimmo against Jose Alvarez in the sixth.

• The Mets scored five two-out runs against Nola. Wilson Ramos smacked a hanging curveball for a two-run single in the third and Robinson Cano belted a 91 mph sinker for a two-run double in the fourth.

Nola's night

The Phillies’ ace, coming off a season in which he pitched a career-high 212 1/3 innings, has not looked particularly good in any of his four starts. Sure, he pitched six innings of two-hit, one-run ball on opening day, but he walked five batters in that game. Nola lasted just four innings in this one. He gave up seven hits, three walks and five runs. He has given up four or more earned runs in three of his four starts this season. By contrast, he gave up four earned runs in just four of 33 starts last season.

Nola’s fastball is down a smidge from its average of 92.7 mph last year and his off-speed stuff is not as sharp as it was last year. Nola’s biggest issue has been the lack of his typical pinpoint command. He has walked 11 in 19 1/3 innings. That’s over five batters per nine innings or double his career mark entering the season. Nola’s command issues also show up in his inability to fill the zone with first-pitch strikes. He threw a first-pitch strike 69.4 percent of the time last season, second best in the majors to St. Louis’ Miles Mikolas. This season, Nola has thrown a first-pitch strike just 47 percent of the time.

Nola’s ERA after four starts is 7.45.

Sights and sounds

All the players wore No. 42 in remembrance of Jackie Robinson, who debuted in the majors on April 15, 1947.

Health check

Reliever David Robertson was placed on the injured list. Anderson was recalled from Triple A (see story).

Up next

The series continues on Tuesday night with Nick Pivetta, another pitcher who has struggled in the early season, taking the mound for the Phillies against Mets lefty Steven Matz.

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Andrew McCutchen, Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich discuss need to transform American policing

Andrew McCutchen, Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich discuss need to transform American policing

How should police be held accountable in order to actually trigger change? That was one of the topics addressed by Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen in a USA Today piece co-authored by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, former NFL Pro Bowler and co-founder of the Player Coalition Anquan Boldin, and New Orleans Saints LB Demario Davis.

"The coronavirus has taught the nation how fragile life is. We all feel deeply the impermanence of our world and realize that the people we cling to for security, stability and for love can disappear in a single moment," the piece began.

"But this realization has long been apparent to Black America, as they’ve watched law enforcement unjustly take the lives of black people for decades, ending futures in an instant. The examples could fill the pages of this news site.

"... And in the past few weeks, these examples have come at hyperspeed."

Accountability was a major theme in the op-ed.

"We cannot wait to change hearts and minds — too many people will die while we try," the authors wrote. "We need to transform American policing now. We need changes that will actually alter behavior, prevent officers from harming people with impunity, and allow officials to hold officers and departments accountable when they do.

"First, police chiefs need to have the ability to get bad officers off the street. When officers are caught using racial slurs, engaging in illegal searches and seizures, fabricating evidence or using severe, unlawful force, they should lose their badges, and lose them immediately. But they don't. A USA TODAY investigation last year found a widespread failure to track problem officers whose testimony had helped charge and imprison thousands of people."

The piece calls for Congress to put an end to "qualified immunity," which shields government officials from being sued for discretionary actions within their official capacity unless their actions violate clearly established federal law or constitutional rights.

"Qualified immunity prevents harmed individuals from receiving compensation unless there is another case, already decided, that involved basically identical facts," McCutchen et al wrote. "The likelihood of this type of similarity between acts of wrongdoing is scant at best. Without it, qualified immunity completely shields officers from civil consequences for their illegal acts.

"When we watch people like George Floyd or Eric Garner get choked to death, it is hard to be filled with anything but the utmost despair. But our anger and frustration will not stop police violence. There are meaningful changes that would allow us to police these officers, not just the other way around. We must ensure that victimizing our fellow citizens brings real consequences."

Check out the full piece for more of the conversation.

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Even Jamie Moyer, King of Clinchers, couldn't lead '08 Phillies to sweep of Brewers

Even Jamie Moyer, King of Clinchers, couldn't lead '08 Phillies to sweep of Brewers

The Phillies went into Milwaukee for Game 3 of the 2008 National League Division Series looking to complete a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Phils had won the first two games of the best-of-five series at home. Cole Hamels pitched a gem to backbone the Game 1 victory and Shane Victorino led the charge against CC Sabathia in the Game 2 victory.

Looking to clinch the series in Game 3, the Phils had the guy they wanted on the mound.

Jamie Moyer was their King of Clinchers. He had been the winning pitcher in the team's NL East division clinchers in 2007 and 2008.

Anyone for a trifecta?

Not this time.

At age 45, Moyer led the Phillies with 16 wins in 2008. He did it by upsetting hitters' timing with an artful changeup and the ability to locate his pitches with precision.

But in Game 3 of the NLDS that day in Milwaukee — you can watch a complete re-airing of the game Wednesday night on NBC Sports Philadelphia — Moyer lacked command of his pitches and the champagne stayed locked in the back room as the Phillies suffered a 4-1 loss to the Brewers.

"I just couldn't create any consistency,'' Moyer said in front of his locker after that game. "I was erratic early in the game."

Moyer wasn't the only Phillie who struggled that day.

The offense had just one hit in 12 opportunities with a runner in scoring position. A few hits in those situations could have gotten Moyer off the hook and maybe the outcome would have been different. Right-hander Dave Bush, a product of Conestoga High School in Berwyn, got the win for the Brewers. He allowed just one run in 5⅓ innings.

The Brewers had 11 hits on the day and all were singles. They also drew five walks. Three of those walks were issued by Moyer and two of them came in the first inning as the Brewers put up a quick two-spot. Moyer needed 34 pitches to get through that inning and was gone after four. He threw a first-pitch strike to just two of the Brewers' first 11 hitters.

Manager Charlie Manuel did not like home plate umpire Brian Runge's strike zone and let that be known during the game, but Moyer used no excuses.

"Ball one, ball two," Moyer said afterward. "That's not good. And their hitters were patient."

That was the Brewers' game plan with Moyer. Don't chase his tantalizing off-speed pitches off the plate. Make him throw the ball over the plate.

"Sometimes it's easier said than done,'' Milwaukee shortstop J.J. Hardy said after that game. "Every time we face Moyer or guys like him, we try to soften our approach and hit line drives up the middle."

Though Moyer did not deliver the clinching effort he'd hoped to that day in Milwaukee, he was still a major contributor during his four-plus seasons in Philadelphia. He won 56 games for the Phillies. In addition to leading the team in wins in 2008, he tied Hamels for the team lead in starts (33) and finished second behind Hamels (227⅓) with 196⅓ innings pitched.

Moyer was a stalwart down the stretch in 2008. He went 9-1 in is final 15 starts and the Phillies won 12 of those games.

So though it didn't happen for him in Game 3 of the NLDS that season, it still happened for him an awful lot in 2008 and his place on that championship team will always be secure and strong.

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