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Phillies lose to Mets as season wanes into tryout for next year’s rotation

August 12th, 2017 at 12:38 AM
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The Phillies will play 49 more games this season before they empty their locker stalls inside the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park and depart for the winter. Consider each of those games as auditions for the five roles in next season’s starting rotation.

Aaron Nola and Jerad Eickhoff have claimed their places, leaving a handful of candidates to compete for the three remaining jobs and convince the front office that outside help is not warranted. Friday night’s 7-6 loss to the Mets was not a good audition for Nick Pivetta. The righthander lacked command of his fastball and allowed five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Pivetta has shown flashes since arriving from triple A, but has yet to provide consistency. He has allowed 11 earned runs over 7 1/3 innings in his last two starts and has a 7.58 ERA over his last nine starts.

“There’s a lot of season left to go and it’s moving in the right direction,” Pivetta said. “Keep working hard. Keep your head up. Keep believing in yourself because I know the team believes in me. And just going with the punches. You get knocked down, get back up. Just keep moving forward. I have confidence in myself that I’ll get through this.”

The Phillies spotted Pivetta a three-run first-inning,  but he spoiled the lead. They then rallied to tie the game before he dug them into a two-run hole. Cesar Hernandez took him off the hook with a tying homer in the eighth but Hector Neris allowed a homer to the first batter he faced in the ninth. It was rookie Ahmed Rosario’s first career homer. And it sealed another Phillies’ loss as they …

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Tags: Ahmed Rosario, Andrew Knapp, Cesar Hernandez, Curtis Granderson, Freddy Galvis, Hector Neris, Jorge Alfaro, Maikel Franco, Matt Breen, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Nick Pivetta, Nick Williams, Nick Williams Nick Williams, Odubel Herrera, Paul Sewald, Rhys Hoskins, Tommy Joseph

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