Burned by an old friend, Mets bats came up empty yet again in a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies as the bats continue to find a groove.
Zack Wheeler went seven innings scoreless for the Phillies, yielding just four hits while striking out eight and walking two.
It’s the ninth time in the Mets’ last 13 games that they were held to two runs or fewer.
The Mets were made to instantly feel the brunt of a missed opportunity in the first inning in which they left runners on first and third with one out without scoring.
Odubel Herrera’s sacrifice fly put the Phillies on the board in the second after Stroman found himself in a one-out, bases-loaded jam when Jeff McNeil couldn’t reel in starter Marcus Stroman’s throw from a Wheeler sacrifice bunt attempt and the Mets couldn’t get Nick Maton out at third after a rundown in which he was originally called out.
The Phillies opened up some breathing room in the third inning by hanging a three-spot on Stroman — quickly descending his outing into one of his worst starts of the season.
Alec Bohm drove in the second run of the game with a groundout with runners on second and third before a Maton double and Ronald Torreyes single put the Phillies up 4-0.
Stroman’s day was done after the inning having thrown 74 pitches. The Mets proceeded to call on Corey Oswalt for an extended relief stint in which he went four innings of scoreless work with four strikeouts while allowing four hits.
He wasn’t expecting to go that long when he was standing on deck in the fifth inning with two runners on and one out. But manager Luis Rojas opted not to pinch-hit for him, settling for a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over to second and third with two outs.
Jeff McNeil was unable to get the job done as he flew out to keep the Mets in their four-run hole.
Oswalt was pinch-hit for in the seventh inning after Luis Guillorme worked a two-out walk, but Dom Smith lined out to third.
The Mets finally got on the board in the eighth inning when the Phillies turned to their suspect bullpen. Francisco Lindor led off the inning with a double off Jose Alvarado before being driven in by a Pete Alonso single.
While Alvarado got through the eighth, the Mets would draw closer in the ninth after Kevin Pillar hit his second home run in as many days, taking Archie Bradley out into the left-field seats. It was his eighth round-tripper of the season in just 160 at-bats.
That would be as close as they’d get, though, as Bradley got groundouts from Luis Guillorme and Pat Mazeika.