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September 4, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - After one inning Wednesday night at CitiField, the MLB.com website promoted the game between the Phillies and New York Mets as a confrontation between a couple of aces. They were wrong on both counts and that is a major problem facing the Phillies not only now but also in the future. Yes, Aaron Nola is the titular staff ace of the Phillies, but only because he is followed by three fellow rookies and a veteran with an earned run average pushing five per game. Put Nola in the Mets' organization and he might still be pitching at the triple-A level, which in no way is meant as a knock at his ability or what he could become.
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September 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The ball landed under Domonic Brown's outstretched glove as the Phillies outfielder headed toward the low, right-field wall in foul territory Wednesday night at Citi Field. His momentum carried him into and over it, and he tumbled onto a concrete walkway as the ball skipped all the way to the warning track. The misplayed ball that led to Ruben Tejada's two-run inside-the-park home run in the second inning served as a microcosm of Aaron Nola's outing. The 22-year-old righthander received little defensive help and was chased early in a 9-4 loss to the first-place New York Mets.
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September 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - There was a sense of optimism around the Phillies in recent days that Maikel Franco would return to game action before season's end. The rookie third baseman had taken ground balls and played catch for more than a week without pain in his left wrist. But that optimism was tempered Wednesday afternoon when Franco took 20 pitches of soft toss in a Citi Field batting cage. The same discomfort Franco had experienced resurfaced when he swung through the ball. The Phillies could shut him down for the season if his wrist does not improve over the next week.
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September 3, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Pete Mackanin was looking for something, anything really, to help change his team's luck against its NL East rival, the New York Mets. So he drew up last night's lineup card in his usual calligraphic way, but wrote every player's name in green, "just to change something. " "We gotta look for any way we can to beat these guys," Mackanin said before the game, his team a loser in 10 straight and 13 of 14 on the year against the Mets entering the night. The 10 straight losses to the Mets tied a franchise record.
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September 3, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - About five hours before the game Tuesday night at Citi Field, Pete Mackanin sat at his desk in the visiting manager's office and prepared to draw up the Phillies lineup. Searching for anything to change his team's fortunes against the division rival New York Mets, he eschewed his customary black calligraphy pen and instead picked out a green one. "Just to change something," Mackanin said. "We've got to look for any way we can to beat these guys. " Whether it was different-colored ink or Darin Ruf's first career six-RBI game that made the difference, the Phillies snapped their wretched 10-game losing streak against the Mets.
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August 29, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daniel Murphy sliced a double down the left-field line, and Carlos Torres and Curtis Granderson crossed home plate in the top of the 13th inning. The New York Mets piled on two more runs, and a half-inning later the Phillies' ninth consecutive loss to their division rivals was in the books. The 9-5 final at Citizens Bank Park marked the Mets' first four-game sweep of the Phillies in Philadelphia since September 2002. In the end, the Mets maintained their 61/2 game lead atop the National League East standings over the Washington Nationals.
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August 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The game included no quick pitches or ejections and featured merely one home run, but the Phillies on Wednesday night still couldn't find a way to beat their division rivals. The bats struggled early and the bullpen struggled late in the Phillies' 9-4 loss, their eighth consecutive defeat to the first-place New York Mets. The Mets have claimed 11 of the first 12 games in the season series, and in this week's three meetings at Citizens Bank Park they have outscored the home team, 31-16.
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August 27, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
THE STRUGGLES of the Phillies' bullpen have been well-documented. The team's relief pitchers, ranked third in runs allowed in the major leagues, were given yet another chance to escort the Phils to victory last night against the New York Mets, as righthanded starter Jerome Williams bowed out in the sixth inning with a one-run lead. Williams left righthanded reliever Jeanmar Gomez in quite the precarious situation, with one out and runners on first and third. Initially, Gomez looked up for the challenge, retiring his first batter, Wilmer Flores, but then walked Michael Conforto to load the bases . A single pitch away from ending the inning, Gomez walked Travis d'Arnaud on a 3-2 count to allow the tying run. Michael Cuddyer, who was pinch-hitting for Mets starter Noah Syndergaard (8-6)
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August 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Darin Ruf looked up to get ready for Hansel Robles' first pitch, it was already en route to home plate. Umpire Dan Bellino called timeout and ruled the pitch would not count, but the Phillies dugout was already incensed. Larry Bowa was at the heart of the benches-clearing commotion in the seventh inning of the Phillies' 6-5 loss to the first-place New York Mets on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies bench coach was ejected by Bellino, who warned both teams. Robles, the Phillies thought, had done the same thing the night before on a two-strike pitch to Cameron Rupp.
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August 25, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Since the Phillies last faced Jacob deGrom, the New York Mets righthander has lowered his ERA from 2.71 to 1.98, dominated on a national stage in the All-Star Game, and thrust himself into National League Cy Young Award consideration. The Phillies host deGrom and the first-place Mets on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park in what will be a stiff challenge for a young lineup that has performed much better since the all-star break. Entering Sunday's series finale against the Miami Marlins, the Phillies were scoring 4.84 runs per game in the second half, exactly a run and a half more than in the first half.
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