Phillies out for Mets’ blood over controversial pitch
Avoiding a series sweep seems to be the least of the Phillies’ concerns.
They’re out for revenge.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler is “still fairly upset” over Mets pitcher Jacob Rhame throwing a 97-mph fastball behind first baseman Rhys Hoskins during the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 9-0 Mets demolition at Citi Field.
The dugouts cleared, with Kapler at the forefront, but an umpire issued warnings before an old-school baseball brawl between the NL East contenders could take off.
The Mets, of course, declared the snafu unintentional, while the Phillies vehemently disagreed, noting two Mets, Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil, were hit by pitches during Monday’s opener.
“Everybody can draw their own conclusions,” Kapler told Philly radio station 94WIP before Wednesday’s game. “From our perspective, it didn’t seem like there was any way that ball could have just gotten away from Jacob Rhame.”
As for retaliation?
“Those are matters that are handled internally,” Kapler said. “We don’t talk about those publicly.”
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