Sunday, July 2, 2017

Phillies fall as Neshek stumbles against Mets

Philadelphia reliever Pat Neshek stumbles vs. Mets
As luck would have it Asdrubal Cabrera hit the go-ahead homer on his bobblehead day, highlighting a four run seventh inning to lead the New York Mets past the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Saturday at Citi Field in Flushing.

Phillies' starter Jeremy Hellickson left with a 6-4 lead in the seventh after giving up seven hits, including solo homers by Lucas Duda and T.J. Rivera. Reliever Pat Neshek, who entered the contest regarded as one of the best relievers in the National League, surrendered three hits; including an RBI-single by pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores before Cabrera deposited a Neshek slider over the fence in right-center to give New York a 7-6 advantage.

"That kind of sums up our season so far this year," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "What a shame. Neshek has been just about unhittable all season and he just [missed location] tonight, and I know he feels terrible. But I felt pretty good when he came in. You kind of have to win those games."

Zach Wheeler, who missed the past two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery, made his first start since going on the DL retroactive to June 20 with biceps tendinitis. He gave up two hits, two runs and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.

With the two teams even in the seventh, Freddy Galvis and Aaron Altherr opened the frame with back-to-backsingles. Tommy Joseph then launched a 412-foot blast off Fernando Salas to give the Phillies a 6-3 lead. He finished the day with four RBI.

"It's one of those things, you have a three-run lead, you expect to win ballgames," Joseph said. "Any good team should expect to win ballgames.

The two teams conclude their three-game set Sunday afternoon as Nick Pivetta will oppose Rafael Montero.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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