PHILADELPHIA — The Mets’ period of prosperity with their starting pitchers was derailed with the exit of David Peterson on Thursday night.
The left-hander has pitched well for the team since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse nearly three months ago, but on this night he struggled, failing to give his team the type of start it had received other prospects from the 2024 rotation, such as José Butto, Tylor Megill and Joey Lucchesi.
Peterson was knocked out after just four innings in the Mets’ 5-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
As a result, the Mets (71-82) are assured of a 35th losing season in the 62-year history of the franchise.
Overall, Peterson allowed four earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks over the four innings.
Peterson walked the first two batters he faced, Kyle Schwarber and Trea Turner, before Bryce Harper’s single loaded the bases with one out.
Peterson struck out JT Realmuto, but Nick Castellanos’ single scored two runs.
Jeff McNeil’s RBI double in the second inning against Ranger Suarez gave the Mets their first run.
Francisco Lindor singled in the top of the inning and stole second base for his 29th stolen base of the season.
The sizzling McNeil followed with a double to reach base for a 14th straight game.
Brett Baty, who had homered the night before, hit a two-out single to tie the game 2-2.
Alec Bohm’s homer in the third put the Mets in a 3-2 hole.
The homer was the 16th allowed this season by Peterson in 107 innings.
The Phillies’ lead grew to 4-2 later in the inning, following back-to-back singles from Harper and Realmuto and a sacrifice fly from Castellanos.
McNeil’s triple in the top of the fourth helped the Mets pull within 4-3 on Francisco Alvarez’s sacrifice fly.
Mark Vientos’ third homer in two games, in the sixth, tied the game at 4-4.
The Mets rookie, receiving regular hitters in the major leagues for the first time, entered the day with an OPS of .884 in September.
This home run was his seventh of the season.
Castellanos came back to torment the Mets in the bottom of the sixth with a home run off Jeff Brigham that gave the Phillies a 5-4 lead.
New York Post