Final Score: Phillies 16 Mets 1

20120920-195031.jpgTonight at Citi Field, the Mets (66-83) lost to the Phillies (76-74) by the score of 16-1, guaranteeing New York finishes below .500 for the fourth straight year.

The Mets were officially eliminated from post-season contention with tonight’s loss.

The Phillies scored 8 runs in the first inning (6 against Jeremy Hefner, 2 against Colin McHugh), which included 8 singles, a walk and a hit by pitch.

The Phillies later scored 7 runs in the top of the ninth inning (all with two outs), capped off by a grand slam from Ryan Howard against Josh Edgin, who likely made his final appearance of the year.

Mike Baxter snapped an 0-for-19 slump and hit a solo home to account for the team’s only run.

The Mets have gone 16 straight home games without scoring more than 3 runs, which is two game short of the all-time record.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I made the mistake of blinking in the first inning, so I missed much of how Philadelphia scored their first 8 runs. I did, however, see all of the ninth, which was comprable to having teeth pulled while watching paint dry. Seriously, I mean, what else is there to say when the best part of the night is eagerly anticipating the manager’s post game talk with reporters (if for no other reason than maybe tonight will be the night he starts calling people out).

“This team never came back from vacation after the All Star break,” Bobby Ojeda said during tonight’s post-game show on SNY, which is a perfect way to put it.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra