PHILADELPHIA — David Peterson got jumped from the start, but that was only the most obvious reason the Mets departed Wednesday with a series loss to the Phillies.
A third straight uninspiring bullpen performance didn’t help, and then there was rally-killer Michael Conforto to sink the lineup.
In their first true clunker of 2021, the Mets lost 8-2 at Citizens Bank Park, dampening the enthusiasm from a night earlier, when their starting pitching and lineup clicked to secure the team’s first win under Steve Cohen’s new ownership.
The Mets (1-2) will head into Thursday’s home opener against the Marlins at Citi Field in need of strong rebound from their starting pitching and clutch hits.
On Wednesday, they finished 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Conforto went hitless in five at-bats and left nine runners on base. Over the three games, he left 16 runners on base.
The Mets were still hanging around in the fifth, when reliever Jacob Barnes entered and threw his first pitch. That pitch, to J.T. Realmuto, disappeared behind the right-field fence for a three-run homer, extending the Phillies’ lead to 7-1.