I had an opportunity to go to another Phillies game this year and this was definitely an exciting one. Both the Phillies and Mets appear to be headed to the postseason, and this game had a pretty intense atmosphere. Maybe it was the large number of Mets fans at the game since the Phillies fans still aren’t showing up the way they have in the past when the team was playing well, but it was still a good crowd.
The game started with the Phillies jumping on Mets starting pitcher Jose Butto, who was making his major league debut, as they went up 4-0 in the 1st. The Mets came back with 4 runs of their own before the Phillies tacked on another 3 in the 4th, taking a 7-4 lead at that point. They gave up the lead in the top of the 7th with a Mark Canha home run, making it 7-7. Jean Segura hit a solo home run in the 8th making it 8-7. But the top of the 9th featured another Canha home run, and while the Phillies managed a run in the bottom of the 9th, they ended up losing to the Mets, 10-9.
Another interesting item is that there were two other pitchers making their debuts in this game, Nate Fisher for the Mets and Tyler Cyr for the Phillies. Fisher’s story got some publicity as he was recently working in a bank thinking his baseball career was over, but finally made his major league debut. Cyr made his debut at 29, so he was also a good story after finally making it after 7 years in the minors. Unfortunately for both, they were each designated for assignment the following day and may end their major league careers with just one appearance in the majors.