NEW YORK — Hector Neris removed his hat, as is his custom when completing an inning, and walked toward second base. He sealed a 6-4 win over the Mets with 17 pitches in the ninth inning. Neris, after his first save of 2017, raised both arms in the air as he walked toward second base.
He forgot to embrace his catcher.
"Dude," Andrew Knapp later joked. "Game's over."
The two Phillies hugged, and it was a little unusual. The whole situation is: The Phillies deployed their third different closer in the season's first 15 games when Neris pitched the ninth Thursday night.