Marcus Stroman puts up mixed bag of results in Mets' loss to Phillies

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Marcus Stroman side view vs. Phillies home jersey
Marcus Stroman side view vs. Phillies home jersey

Marcus Stroman had a so-so outing on Sunday against the Phillies, one that resulted in another loss on his record despite giving up just two earned runs.

Stroman, who was questionable to start Sunday for the Mets after exiting his last outing after just one inning due to a hip issue, and also losing his grandmother on Friday, had his day finish by end of the third inning this time around.

The righty allowed four runs -- two earned -- off five hits and three walks while also striking out three. He also received help from the defense on a number of plays to start the game as well.


His pitch count was at 74 by the end of the third, as the Phillies made his work from start to finish.

"He didn't have his slider," Luis Rojas said after the game. "...He had to rely more on his changeup and his sinker. ...Stro's gonna battle and that's what he did today. He gave his best."

The offense came alive late in the 4-2 loss, with Pete Alonso's RBI single in the eighth and Kevin Pillar's solo home run in the ninth closing the gap a bit, but it was too little, too late for the Mets.

Despite the result and length of his innings Sunday, more than tripling his pitch count past the 21 he threw in that lone inning on June 22 is a positive sign.

Stroman left the game after he finished pitching and was unavailable to speak to the media during postgame. Rojas said during his availability that he won't be traveling with the team to Washington for Monday's game against the Nationals, so that he can be with his family.

"We want him to take care of this," Rojas said. "This is something that happened a couple of days ago and we've been communicating with him. He wants to be there for his family. ...Right now what's important for him and for us today is for him to attend his family matter."