Mets 7, Phillies 6 (11 Innings): Rhys Hoskins' Error Dooms Phils as Aaron Nola Struggles Again


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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