Phillies Look To Bounce Back Tonight Against Mets

New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes runs the bases after hitting his third home run of the night in the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday

He absolutely went off on the Phillies, homering in his first three at-bats on a day that ultimately saw the Mets go yard seven times.

Buchholz has pitched at Citizens Bank Park just once in his career, when he threw seven shutout innings in a win over in 2015.

Cabrera went 4-for-6, scored three runs and finished only a triple short of the cycle. He's allowed 18 base runners in 7 1/3 innings, sporting an unwieldy 12.27 ERA. After coming in last in this category last season, this is certainly an optimistic sign going forward throughout the year. This guy is dynamite. "I am not surprised by it at all.

I'm not surprised by it all", Mets manager Terry Collins said.

"It's a challenge, but if you're going to be in this league you've got to be up for that challenge", Morgan said. Hope you enjoyed the game as much as I did! "Batting practice today, it looked like the driving range the way he was hitting balls".

Monday night's game against the Mets turned heated when Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos threw a fastball over the head of New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Adam Morgan relieved Buchholz, who exited in the third inning with a forearm injury. After a solo homer by Danny Espinosa against Sam Dyson (33.00 ERA) and two outs sandwiched around a double by Yunel Escobar, the Angels trailed 5-3 and were down to their final out Tuesday.

Cabrera's home run in September may have upset Ramos a "little", but he said he's "put that in the past".

"I just left them over the plate", he said.

"There might have been (history with Ramos and Cabrera), there probably was, but I don't think about that during the course of the game", Mackanin said.

While Mackanin wouldn't entertain the thought prior to Tuesday's game, it's hard to imagine with the starting pitching depth the Phillies have, he would last longer than April without showing improvement. The starter induced a grounder to first from Michael Saunders, and recorded the out when he covered the bag and received the flip from Duda.

Jay Bruce homered twice, including the tiebreaking shot in a testy eighth inning to lead the New York Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Monday night.

If the 2015 National League Comeback Player of the Year is forced to miss starts, the Mets can take solace in the fact that they have the likes of Robert Gsellman at their disposal to hold down the fort alongside Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. The righty knew he was fortunate enough to not have to face Cespedes on this night when the All-Star showed why he's one of baseball's most dynamic players.

Mackanin didn't want to speculate prior to the scans but said he'd be surprised to see Buchholz make his next scheduled start.



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