Phillies plate 10 runs in first inning against Mets

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The Phillies showed up against the Mets Tuesday night hungry and motivated after a disappointing 7-6 loss on Monday. They batted around and then some, plating 10 runs against Steven Matz and Drew Gagnon. Matz was on the hook for eight of those runs (six earned) and failed to retire a batter. The Mets’ defense committed three errors.

Here’s how the inning played out:

The 10 runs are the most the Phillies have scored in the first inning since plating a franchise record 12 runs against the Nationals on April 8, 2017. It’s the most the Mets have allowed in the first inning since July 19, 1988 against the Reds.

Things got worse for the Mets as outfielder Brandon Nimmo exited with an injury. The Phillies’ Segura also exited with an apparent injury. Both teams should provide updates on the players’ statuses later tonight. [Update, 8:29 PM ET: Segura exited with left hamstring tightness. Nimmo left with a stiff neck.]

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.