Schwarber's prolific power reaches new heights with career-high 47th HR

Plassmeyer makes first career start, provides bullpen some relief

October 1st, 2023

NEW YORK -- It wasn’t a good day for the Phillies on Saturday. They ended the day by getting routed by the Mets, 11-4, in the second game of a straight doubleheader at Citi Field, while slugger made personal history with a three-run blast.

In the first game, right-hander Taijuan Walker gave Philadelphia length, but his slow start led to a 4-3 loss to New York. Walker allowed all four runs in seven innings. 

“Taijuan gave us a great start in the first game and we used [Luis F.] Ortiz in the eighth inning,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “We saved everybody [else] for the second game.”

  • Games remaining (1): at NYM (1)
  • Standings update: The Phillies (89-72) clinched the top National League Wild Card spot. They will host a Wild Card Series against the No. 2 Wild Card, which will either be the Marlins or the D-backs.

By the end of the third inning of Game 2, the Phillies were down, 8-0, but they attempted to rally back by scoring four runs in the top of the fourth off Mets left-hander José Quintana. Garrett Stubbs scored the first run of the game for Philly on a single by Cristian Pache that put runners on first and third with one out.

Schwarber crushed a three-run homer over the right-field wall to make it a four-run game. It was Schwarber’s 47th home run of the season, a new career high.

Schwarber now has 93 home runs since joining the Phillies last year, the most home runs by a Phillie in their first two seasons with the club. But stats do not tell the entire story about Schwarber. He is a leader in the clubhouse. 

“He’s definitely the backbone of the Phillies,” teammate Nick Castellanos said. “He is always upbeat and there for the boys, putting the team before himself. You never see him focused on his own struggles or what he has going on personally. He is always here for what anybody needs.”

But after the Schwarber blast, the Phillies were held scoreless the rest of the way, while the Mets added three more runs. Ten of those runs (nine earned) scored by the Mets were charged to left-hander Michael Plassmeyer, who lasted 3 2/3 innings and struck out four in the first start of his career. The Phillies ended up using five relief pitchers after Plassmeyer left the game. 

“Plassmeyer, he laid on the sword for us,” Thomson said. “In a normal game, I wouldn’t have left him out there for that long. But we used exactly the people that we needed to use today. It all worked out.”

The Phillies have lost three consecutive games and play one more regular-season game at Citi Field before going back to Philadelphia and playing in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday. Shortstop Trea Turner feels good about the team’s chances in the postseason.

“It’s kind of like we said … all year, we can compete with anybody,” Turner said. “It’s a matter of playing up to our abilities. I felt like the last two months, we played well and we beat some good teams. It’s just a matter of getting there and executing. We have as deep a roster as anybody in the postseason. We have experience from last year. We are ready to go.”