Final: Phillies 5, Mets 1 ❖ Attendance: 32,033
Flushing, NY - The Philadelphia Phillies scored four runs in the seventh inning en route to a 5-1 victory in the series finale against the New York Mets at Citi Field this afternoon. The Phils are now 12-11 this month, despite their starting rotation having an ERA over seven in August.
With the game locked at one in the seventh, newcomer A.J. Ellis hit a two-run double with the bases loaded to put the Phillies ahead by two, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Jimmy Paredes had a solid day at the plate as well, tallying two hits, including an RBI-double to tie the game at one in the fourth.
Meanwhile, despite a high pitch count for the majority of the day, today's outing for Vince Velasquez was strong, especially after allowing 21 runs in his last 21.1 innings prior to this afternoon's game. He gave up one run on five hits over five innings, striking out seven and walking two in what could be his final start of the season if the Phillies decide to shut him down.
The Phillies head home and will host the Washington Nationals for a three-game series beginning Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Jake Thompson will get the start for Philadelphia while Washington has yet to announce a starter.
WP: David Hernandez (3-3, 4.21 ERA) ❖ LP: Robert Gsellman (1-1, 3.72 ERA)