Girardi doesn’t worry about work status after the disastrous trip brings back Phillies 10½ games, originally appeared in NBC Sports Philadelphia
NEW YORK – Phyllis returned by bus from City Field after the game on Sunday night. Obviously there wasn’t a big enough hearse.
Nick Castellanos’ three-run homer in the eighth inning helped Phyllis overcome another bout of poor defense, but they eventually lost 5-4 to the New York Mets when they failed to hold the lead in the ninth inning for the second time. in six games on a seven-game trip, in which they went 2-5, but could easily have been 4-3.
“Good teams don’t do that,” said Bryce Harper, who saw his two-home homor fail in the ninth on Tuesday night in Atlanta. “To be rejected twice in matches we had to win. It’s hard. Big Homer, big Homer and we lose. It’s crushing.”
Closer, Corey Knebel missed a chance to save on Sunday night when he allowed Homer to level the game for rookie Nick Plummer on the first field at the bottom of the ninth. It was Plummer’s first major league hit. Eduardo Escobar won it for the Mets with a double from one out in the 10th.
“Extremely disappointing,” said besieged manager Joe Girardi.
The NL’s leading East Mets swept the three-game streak, with the Phyllis mess losing for the 10th time in 14 games to sink in six games below .500. They are 10½ games back in the division at the annual checkpoint for Remembrance Day and the temperature in Girardi’s place has to rise because it happens in this game when a team with a high price is not achieved.
“I’m not worried about my job,” Girardi said when asked about the topic after the match. “I’ve never worried about my job. I don’t worry about my job. I have to do my job. The job is to be a manager. I don’t worry about that.”
The Philistines have a record team for salaries of over $ 230 million and huge pressure to overcome the 10-year drought after the season. It’s too early to say they’re dead in the division race, but it’s not too early to wonder if they might be, especially with the way the Mets play with their two top players, Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer, out of play. , but must return from the list of injured in the second half. Whatever the case, it’s a good thing that there are three wild card play-off options for Phyllis to pursue. But even one of them will be difficult to achieve if this team does not gather you know what.
The Philistines are 21-27 and 3-9 against the Mets.
“It’s a lot,” Harper said of the 10-game deficit. “Everyone knows that. We just have to show up every day ready to play. The season isn’t over until we play 162.”
The Philistines had just three hits and scored just one run to Homer with three outs on Castellanos with two outs in the top eight.
This lack of attack made the game of good defense necessary and Phyllis did not do so in the first inning after aces Zack Wheeler. He conceded three runs in the first, but only two were won after first baseman Rhys Hoskins made a mistake.
Conservatively, the defense probably cost Phils half a dozen runs during the trip.
“We didn’t play (in the first inning) and that led to a few runs,” Girardi said. “It could probably be a different game. It’s kind of like what happened to us a little bit during this trip. We need to clean it. You can’t give extra outs and we did it during the trip. “
Wheeler survived the first inning and did not give up another run for the rest of his six innings. Keeping the game close, the right-hander gave his team a chance and it materialized after Mets starter Chris Bassit (six innings, two goals, one run) left the game.
“There is a battle in this room,” Girardi said, referring to the late Homer of Castellanos, who came on the field 0-2.
Wheeler was asked if he was surprised that Phyllis is already six under .500 and 10½ games back in the division.
“It’s surprising, but we have to keep fighting and hope things turn around soon,” the pitcher said. “It should be soon. I think we all know that. We all know the talent here and what we’re capable of. We just have to do it.”
Phils returns home Monday afternoon to play against the San Francisco Giants, led by Gabe Kapler. He will certainly have no sympathy for the struggling Philly after he was fired for not winning enough games in 2018 and 2019.