On Friday night, the Philadelphia Phillies became the second team untouched by the New York Mets.
A victory Saturday night gave the Phillies a chance to accomplish something no one has done this season: beat the Mets in a series.
The Phillies will look to hand the Mets that first-series loss on Sunday night when they visit New York in the final of a three-game set between the National League East rivals.
Zach Eflin (1-1, 3.20 ERA) is expected to start for the Phillies against Max Scherzer of the Mets (3-0, 1.80) in a battle of right-handers.
Kyle Schwarber’s two-run homer in the seventh inning on Saturday night provided the Phillies with the first runs of the series and propelled the visitors to a 4-1 win.
“We were all excited, man,” Schwarber said. “We love the races.”
Especially after Friday, when the Phillies were down 3-0 as they weren’t hit by a quintet of Mets pitchers who combined to pitch the second no-hitter in Mets history, who pitched their first game in 1962.
On Saturday, the Phillies looked more like the team that ranks among the top 10 in baseball in runs, batting average and on-base percentage. Philadelphia only had six hits, but had four walks and forced Mets staff to throw 149 pitches.
“It was fun, a good feeling, especially (since) we tied the series,” Schwarber said, “We have a chance to go tomorrow and win the series. That will be the most important thing.
Saturday’s loss qualified as one of the few disappointments so far this season for the Mets, who are tied for the best National League record with the Milwaukee Brewers and have already set a franchise record in winning their first six series.
The Mets’ patience was also on display Saturday when they walked eight and forced six Phillies pitchers to 180 pitches. But the only run scored was a season low for New York, which blocked 13 runners and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
“It’s hard to think you’re going to win a game 1-0, especially against a team like this,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “We didn’t take advantage of the baserunners we had.”
Eflin earned his first win of the season on Tuesday, when he allowed a run in six innings as the Phillies won 10-3 over the Colorado Rockies.
Scherzer did not consider last Monday night’s decision, when he allowed just two hits and struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings in the Mets’ 5-2 win over the Chicago Cardinals. St. Louis. It was the 106th time Scherzer struck out at least 10 batters in a game, the fifth in the modern era.
Eflin is 3-4 with a 4.70 ERA in 13 starts against the Mets. Scherzer is 15-4 with a 2.47 ERA in 26 career starts against the Phillies.
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