Rainout gives Phillies a reset after Thursday night's horrendous loss


A day after a loss that left everyone from the clubhouse to the executive suite in a state of numb disbelief, Mother Nature stepped in and gave the Phillies a reset day. 

The team’s game against the New York Mets, scheduled for Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, was postponed because of rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 20.

The Phillies and Mets will resume their current series Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park. Kyle Gibson will pitch for the Phillies against three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, who already has two wins against the Phils this season and 15 lifetime.

Friday’s rainout gives the Phillies a day to regroup after the worst loss of Joe Girardi’s tenure as manager of the club. The Phillies entered the ninth inning of Thursday night’s game leading the Mets, 7-1, and proceeded to blow the lead as the Mets prevailed, 8-7. The Mets had eight hits in the inning against relievers James Norwood and Corey Knebel.

Before the killer ninth inning, the Phillies played one of their better games of the season, with plenty of offense and outstanding starting pitching from Aaron Nola, who allowed just a run over seven innings.

It was the second straight day that the Phils wasted a strong start from one of their pitchers. Zack Wheeler pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 2-1, extra-innings loss to Texas on Wednesday night.

The Phillies have lost four games in a row to tumble to 11-15 and seven games behind the first-place Mets (19-9) in the NL East. The Mets are 5-2 against the Phils so far this season.

While the bullpen failed deliver on Thursday night, the offense has been inconsistent all season. Hitting coach Kevin Long is seeing signs of life, however. He talked about it before Thursday night’s galling defeat.

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