Bryson Stott leads shorthanded Phillies to inspiring comeback win over Mets – NBC Sports Philadelphia

NEW YORK — A game that looked like a Phillies loss from the bottom of the second to the bottom of the eighth turned into the latest example of their depth and ability to persevere.

Down two runs in the ninth inning to Edwin Diaz, one of baseball’s most electric defenders, the Phillies closed with Bryson Stott’s solo home run and tied the game when Alec Bohm was hit by a throw with the bases loaded. The tying run was scored by Kody Clemens, who hit Edmundo Sosa and singled off a batter after Stott’s homer.

Orion Kerkering, who pitched in back-to-back days for the first time this season, went 1-2-3 despite the Mets’ order in the bottom of the ninth, striking out Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonso and JD Martinez to set up. more heroics from Stott in extra innings. Kerkering made this look much easier than it was.

Stott fell behind in the count 0-2 to Mets reliever Sean Reid-Foley in the top of the 10th, but fought back to drill a sacrifice fly to deep right field. Bryce Harper crossed home plate on the go-ahead run and Jose Alvarado homered for the Mets in a 5-4 victory.

“It was a great win,” manager Rob Thomson said. “We just keep winning games in different ways, getting contributions from all kinds of people. That’s who they are. They keep fighting. They’re resilient.”

You don’t think of Stott as the kind of player who can carry an offense, but he basically did that over the last week. He has 11 points in his last eight games. He’s reached base in 12 of his last 19 plate appearances, and he narrowly missed a homer three innings before doing so Monday night.

“This guy is a stud,” Marsh said. “He showed it day in and day out last year. It was just a matter of time for it to start clicking and no better time than now.

“I started with Stotter. He set the tone for us and we rallied around him after that. Diaz is disgusting. He’s as good as it gets, incredible talent, damn closer. For us to meet him tonight was huge.

The 29-13 Phillies still haven’t lost consecutive games since April 23-24 in Cincinnati.

It was a bizarre start from Cristopher Sanchez, who threw just 10 pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning but needed 50 to record the next four outs. He gave up two runs in the bottom of the second and his third inning was a rollercoaster.

Sanchez put the first four Mets on base in the bottom of the third with a double, a single and two walks. He struck out Brett Baty with the bases loaded for the first out, then gingerly left the mound and had his hand examined by a trainer. He was dealing with a stinger that pops up from time to time and needs to be rubbed. Sanchez responded by striking out three straight on nine pitches.

After seemingly not getting out of the third, Sanchez then pitched a 1-2-3 in the fourth inning, retired the side in the fifth and would have recorded a “quality start” if not for his own two-out error. in the sixth. The Phillies needed more length because Spencer Turnbull, the only true long man in the bullpen, pitched one inning of relief Sunday and probably wasn’t available Monday because he’s not used to going there two days in a row.

“The biggest thing I’m proud of him for is overcoming adversity,” Thomson said. “He had some trouble, long innings the second and third, and he just settled in and kept pitching. That’s the growth of this guy. He’s really something.”

“Loading the bases and getting away with those three punches saved the game for us,” Marsh added.

The Phillies were shorthanded again Monday with Kyle Schwarber (lower back soreness) and JT Realmuto (right knee soreness) out of the starting lineup. Trea Turner will miss another month with a hamstring strain. The Phils have done an admirable job over the past few seasons of playing through injuries to key players like Harper, Rhys Hoskins, Alvarado and Ranger Suarez, but they also haven’t knocked out three of their best hitters at the same time.

Schwarber had a hit in the ninth inning and was struck out. He will be back in the lineup Tuesday afternoon, Thomson said. Realmuto is day-to-day and his status for Tuesday is TBD.

The Phillies will have Aaron Nola on the mound at 1:10 p.m. for the first-leg finale of this two-game home-and-home series. Jose Butto, the first right-handed starting pitcher the Phils have faced in five games, opts for the Mets.

“I don’t think there’s anyone (remaining) on ​​the bench other than JT,” Stott said. “The Bullpen guys came in and did their job, threw strikes, had shutout innings. Sanchez went those five innings and a couple outs, it was huge. It was a gutsy performance on his part and guys coming off the bench.”

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