Things got somewhat irritable toward the finish of the Mets’ 9-0 prevail upon the Phillies on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
With two outs in the ninth inning, Mets reliever Jacob Rhame zipped a pitch behind Rhys Hoskins’ head, who did not value it.
Hoskins started walking toward the mound and both benches started to clear yet nothing further raised as Hoskins was stopped by home plate umpire Scott Barry.
Six pitches later, Rhame sailed ball four over Hoskins’ head and the Phillies slugger was obviously disappointed as he took his base.
The Phillies had hit Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil the day earlier, yet Rhame demanded after the game it was not deliberate.
“I’m just trying to work inside,” he said. “Historically I’ve left a lot of balls over the plate. Guys have been diving. I gotta try and get better at my game too.”
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud endeavored to disclose to Hoskins that is the thing that occurred however he was not getting it.
“He just said they were trying to go inside, and I laughed,” Hoskins said. “He didn’t miss up-and-in or out-and-up to a lefty the rest of the inning, so I’ll let you decide.”
His manager and partners appeared to be in understanding also.
“It sure looked [intentional] to me,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “It damn sure did look like it.”
Included Phillies slugger Bryce Harper: “I don’t get. I understand that two of their guys got hit yesterday. But, I mean, if it’s baseball and you’re going to drill somebody, at least him in the ass. Not in the head.”
Rhame did not really hit Hoskins, however, yet the Mets reliever comprehends why Hoskins disliked it.
“When you accidentally sail one, it’s probably pretty scary,” Rhame said. “I’d get pissed too.”
Regardless of whether he may have started up the Phillies, Rhame shrugged at that idea.
“That’s baseball,” he said. “If it did, that’s the game.”