A perfect 10. In the first inning! And eight of them came before an out was made!
It was a horrendous start for the Mets and Steven Matz. Altogether, 14 batters, five hits (two of them 3-run home runs), and three errors by New York compiled the 10 runs in the bottom of the first as the Phillies, as you would expect, crushed the Mets 14-3. So even if the first inning never happened, the Phils still would’ve won the game.
Everybody in the starting lineup except Aaron Altherr and Nick Pivetta (who struck out to give the Phils their first out in the first) got a hit. JT Realmuto and Scott Kingery, who started the game at third before moving to short after Jean Segura left, each got three hits and a home run for a total of five RBIs. Maikel Franco also added a three-run homer.
As for the pitching, Nick Pivetta had a good outing, going five innings and giving up three runs off seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Nothing stunning but it’ll do. Jerad Eickhoff closed out the final four innings of the game and gave up only three hits and struck out six. That’s a great sight to see. Hopefully he can continue putting performances like that and maybe be a #6 starter if need be.
The series concludes this afternoon at 1:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Jake Arrieta takes to the mound to face Zack Wheeler.
In other Phillies news, the 2026 MLB All-Star Week will be coming to Citizens Bank Park which will be great when we get to it in seven years. Can’t wait for something more than 2,600 days away!
With the Alain Vigneault hiring, expect more changes to come for the Flyers.
Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills apologized for his arrest in Washington D.C. over the weekend.
In other sports news, the Presidents Trophy (award for being the best team in the NHL in terms of points) winning Tampa Bay Lightning were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in an improbable upset. It was the first time in NHL history a team with the best record in the league was swept in a first round seven-game series.
Chris Sale sucks at pitching.
In the news, $125,000 of jewelry was stolen from a Macy’s in Northeast Philadelphia.
$1 billion has been raised to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.