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Jean Segura went 4-for-4 with a home run, double and two singles on Wednesday, but the Phillies weren’t able to hold what seemed to be a solid 4-0 advantage.
“When you have a chance to tack on more runs against a good team like the Mets, you need to do it,” Girardi said.
The Mets (22-27) will look for their second straight win when they send Seth Lugo to the mound in the series finale.
Lugo, who’s 2-3 with a 2.63 ERA, will be making his fifth start. He also has three saves this season.
In Lugo’s career against the Phillies, he’s 1-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 18 games.
The last time out, Lugo gave up seven hits and three runs with five strikeouts and one walk in 5 1/3 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.
“I felt like I was a little out in front of myself — I spiked a couple pitches, missed down, so then I tried to stay back and I missed up and it took me a few pitches to find that sweet spot,” Lugo said.
Lugo has been working hard to pitch as deep as possible into his starts and that mindset won’t change on Thursday.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Lugo said. “My mechanics got away from me for two batters. I was able to make the adjustment and I’d like to get through six. As a starter, that’s your job to get through six, save the bullpen because they’ve got to face them again. I didn’t. So in that regard, I’ve got to be better than that.”
Meanwhile, Pete Alonso went 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting performance Wednesday against the Phillies and he’s now stuck in a 1-for-18 slump.
“Keep working with him and detect what we can do so he maintains that consistency,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said.
–Field Level Media