Mets collapse in 8th inning, lose 7-6 to Phillies

By Emma Nguyen June 25, 2023

The Mets suffer a 7-6 defeat to the Phillies due to costly errors and inefficient pitching, highlighting the team's ongoing struggles and frustration.

The 2023 Mets, once again, struggled against the Philadelphia Phillies, resulting in a disappointing 7-6 loss, handing the series to the Phillies 2-1. Homers from Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso proved not to be enough, with the team plagued by an infield error and inefficient pitching performances.

Carlos Carrasco's start was less than ideal, however, it was the eighth inning that proved to be the real issue for the Mets. Josh Walker, a rookie reliever, loaded the bases without getting an out, followed by a critical error from Brett Baty at third base.

Jeff Brigham, Walker's replacement, only exacerbated the problem. He walked in a run, narrowing the lead to 6-5, and hit Kyle Schwarber and Trea Turner, giving the Phillies a 7-6 lead. Ultimately, three runs were charged to Walker, while Brigham took responsibility for one.

The ninth inning saw Craig Kimbrel rebound, hitting Alonso but finishing with his 11th save. Despite improvements, Carrasco still struggled to give the Mets length, allowing two runs on five hits, walking two batters and striking out five over four innings.

Further issues arose when Dominic Leone allowed Trea Turner to round the bases following a leadoff walk. The Mets managed to extend their lead in the sixth inning, but their efforts fell short as Walker and Brigham's errors cost them the game. Manager Buck Showalter's ninth-inning ejection only added to the mounting frustration.

In summary, the Mets fell short against the Phillies despite a valiant effort, leaving them struggling to turn their season around.