Tempers flare as Phillies blanked by Mets; series finale tonight

Rhys Hoskins was thrown at on Tuesday night.
The Phillies put together a dud performance again on Tuesday night in Queens, this time falling to the Mets 9-0. The standout moment for the struggling Phillies came in the final frame when Mets right-hander Jacob Rhame sailed a 97-mph fastball over the head of Rhys Hoskins. The benches and bullpens cleared, but the situation fizzled without an altercation.

"I would assume teams are pitching me in because that's where they think they can get me out, and that's fine," Hoskins said afterward. "That's part of the game. Again, I think most guys are capable of pitching inside and not missing that bad."

Zach Eflin surrendered four runs, three earned, over four innings. He struck out three. Drew Anderson also had a rough go of things, surrendering five runs on six hits over the final four innings.

Mets' starter Zach Wheeler tossed seven scoreless innings, while also contributing at the plate with two hits - including a homer - and three RBIs.

The Phillies collected just five hits all night.



"If we want to meet the expectations that we all have for this team, we have to play better baseball than that," manager Gabe Kapler said.

The Phillies have been outscored 14-1 by the Mets in the series. Things will close out tonight - and given the hostility in the air - the Phillies could break out of this current funk.

Vince Velasquez gets the start for the Phillies. He enters Wednesday with a 0.96 WHIP and 16 strikeouts over 17 2 /3 innings. The Mets counter with lefty Jason Vargas.

Intentional beaning?
Rhame said he was simply trying to throw high and inside during Hoskins' at-bat, but it certainly appeared to be intentional. Phillies relievers Jose Alvarez and Juan Nicasio both hit batters on Monday night, so it's not a stretch to see why Rhame was targeting Hoskins.

"Oh, he just said they were trying to go inside, and I laughed," Hoskins told reporters afterward.

Upcoming probables
Wednesday: Vince Velasquez (0-0, 2.55) vs. Jason Vargas (1-0, 9.58)
Thursday: Aaron Nola (2-0, 6.84) vs. Caleb Smith (2-0, 2.35)
Friday: Jerad Eickhoff (0-1, 3.60) vs. Jose Urena (1-3, 5.74)
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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