The Philadelphia Phillies' slow start has not put manager Joe Girardi on the hot seat.Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski refused to pin the team's difficult first month on his veteran skipper and rejected the notion that Girardi's job is in jeopardy."It's not Joe's fault that we've been shut out or scored one run seven times," Dombrowski told Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We're a club that, he's been in charge as far as handling situations. We're prepared to play. We go out there on a day-in, day-out basis. We battle. "I know Joe's disappointed with our record. We're all disappointed."Expectations were high heading into 2022 following the Phillies' first winning season in a decade. Dombrowski doubled down on last year's success, adding free-agent sluggers Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber to an already potent offense that includes Rhys Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto, and reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper.But the Phillies have been inconsistent during the season's first month. They entered play Friday sitting four games below .500 with a meager plus-four run differential. Harper's been limited to DH duties because of elbow issues while Castellanos and Schwarber have combined for just 11 homers in the season's first 26 games. Philadelphia's also been shut out three times so far this year and was no-hit by five New York Mets pitchers last week.Still, the Phillies rank near the top of several offensive categories as a team in spite of their struggles. As a result, Dombrowski is continuing to preach patience, feeling his team can right the ship soon."It's been a challenge for us," he said. "But I also think we have the capabilities and abilities to play much better and win a bunch of games."I think we're better than this."Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Kyle Schwarber crushes a go-ahead two-run homer to center field, scoring J.T. Realmuto to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the 7th
Four New York Mets pitchers have combined to throw eight no-hit innings against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.Mets starter Tylor Megill, who is in line for the win, tossed five no-hit frames to open the night. Megill struck out five batters and walked three on 88 pitches. Drew Smith (1 1/3 innings), Joely Rodriguez (one inning), and Seth Lugo (two-thirds) followed out of the bullpen.Whoever pitches the ninth for the Mets will face Phillies hitters Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos, and J.T. Realmuto. New York leads the Phillies 3-0.Johan Santana threw the lone Mets no-hitter in 2012.Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.