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Why was the Phillies game suspended?

Published July 18, 2021. Updated on July 18, 2021 at 5:50 am. The game between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night was suspended due to rain with no outs in the top of the 10th inning. The game will resume at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the regularly scheduled series finale. NBC 6 South FloridaMarlins-Phillies Game Suspended Due to Rain, Will Resume Sunday

Did the Phillies win the first game of the doubleheader?

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Travis Jankowski drove in four runs, Matt Moore struck out nine while pitching into the fifth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. ... Miguel Rojas had three hits and drove in a run for Miami. CBS MiamiMarlins Lose To Phillies In Game 1 Of Double Header 5-2

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July 18, 2021 | 5:31pm | Updated July 18, 2021 | 6:32pm

It’s the Citi of brotherly grub! 

The Mets are having such a hard time staffing home games with food and drink vendors amid a dry labor market that the service company responsible has to bus in labor from the rival Philadelphia Phillies, The Post has learned. 

Vendors who usually sling hot dogs and beers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia have been shuttled on an hours-long bus ride to Citi Field to serve unsuspecting Mets diehards at some recent home games, according to employees and a union leader.

Food service firm Aramark, which hires vendors at both ballparks, is so desperate to fill positions amid the coronavirus crisis and its related economic downturn, it’s paying Philly-based workers to undertake the sometimes three-hour commute into enemy territory, said Ryan Nissim-Sabat, director of Union 174 in Philadelphia.

“They’re busing them back and forth and paying them for the ride,” said Nissim-Sabat.

“My guess is they’re struggling to fill positions because they don’t pay a high enough wage,” he said, adding that concessions workers make roughly $15 an hour. “At the end of [the] day we’re still in a pandemic, and asking workers to be in front of 10,000 strangers at a stadium is still somewhat risky.

On June 11, as the Mets prepared for a home tilt against the Pittsburgh Pirates, some Citi Field workers noticed buses of food vendors from the Phillies’ stadium arriving in Flushing.

“I saw buses full of workers in the parking lot and saw they came from Philly,” said longtime Citi Field food vendor Bobby Lee.

In recent months, the food service industry in New York City has been plagued by a shortage of workers, some of whom say they’re better off collecting unemployment checks — fattened by COVID-19 relief bills — than returning to work.

But Lee said that the arrangement has been going both ways.

“It’s reciprocal,” said Lee. “They’ve been busing people there [to Philadelphia] too.”

Aramark may simply want to fill vacant positions with people who already work for the company instead of hiring temps, said Nissim-Sabat — while arguing that it would be more efficient for the company to have vendors stick to home games.

“They should be hiring locally,” he said. “It’s a waste of resources to send them back and forth.”

An Aramark rep said the company has been occasionally busing workers from Philadelphia to Citi Field for decades — but workers said it’s been happening more frequently in recent weeks.

The rep didn’t respond to inquiries about whether the company is having trouble hiring locally.

Harold Kaufman, a spokesman for the Mets, declined to comment.

For their part, Mets fans were split on whether they wanted to be served by the road team.

“I would never work at Citizens Banks Park because it’s that grit. I’m a huge Mets fan so I would never want to work for the Phillies organization,” said Jamie Lynch, a lifelong supporter who said he’d only be OK with the outsiders if they were fellow Mets boosters — or at least agnostic.

“If [slugging first baseman Pete] Alonso hits a home run … and I’m standing there and grabbing food and they are handing it to me and they are upset, it definitely crushes my vibe at the park,” explained the 21-year-old Westchester resident wearing the jersey of Amazins ace Jacob deGrom. “I want all pro-Mets.”

Another sports buff, who declined to be identified by name, said that the important thing was the service, not who was providing it.

“If I want to buy a beer at a game, I don’t care if it’s from a Phillies worker,” the fan said. “I’d be madder if I wanted a beer and couldn’t get one.”

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Marlins vs. Phillies - Game Recap - July 17, 2021

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The game will resume at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the regularly scheduled series finale.

The Phillies appeared headed to their ninth win in 13 games before the Marlins tied it with a pair of runs in the ninth off Ranger Suárez, who blew his first save in his fourth chance since being elevated to the closer role.

Starling Marte led off the ninth with a single to right, and Jesús Aguilar followed by driving an 85 mph changeup into the seats in left field.

“That changed the game right there,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Miami’s defense preserved the tie in the bottom of the ninth. Miguel Rojas made an excellent play, ranging to his left, on Travis Jankowski’s hard grounder up the middle for the second out. Then, Monte Harrison ended the frame with a stellar diving grab of pinch-hitter Luke Williams’ liner to right field.

Jon Berti was leading off the 10th when rain halted the contest for the second time. After nearly an hour delay with heavy rain, thunder and lightning, the Phillies announced the suspension.

The Phillies took advantage of Rojas’ fielding error at shortstop in the first inning to score a pair of runs.

Bryce Harper reached on Rojas’ miscue, putting runners on first and third with one out. Andrew McCutchen’s sacrifice fly scored Jean Segura on what should have been the third out. Rhys Hoskins then drove home Harper with a double to the gap in right-center.

One day after having to sit out the second game of a doubleheader due to dehydration, Harper could be seen being treated with a cold towel after returning to the dugout on another hot, muggy evening in Philadelphia that began with a game-time temperature of 88 degrees.

Phillies starter Vince Velasquez pitched five scoreless innings, striking out four and walking two, to bounce back from two straight poor outings. He batted in the bottom of the fifth, but didn’t return to the mound after a 25-minute rain delay stopped play in the bottom of the fifth.

Hector Neris, demoted from the closer’s role prior to the All-Star break, followed and pitched two scoreless innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts and no walks. Archie Bradley tossed a scoreless eighth before Suarez took over.

Zach Thompson, a 27-year-old rookie making his fifth career start, went four innings and gave up those two unearned runs on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Five Marlins relievers -- John Curtiss, Anthony Bender, Anthony Bass, Dylan Floro and Richard Bleier -- allowed four hits in four scoreless innings.

“The bullpen did a tremendous job,” Mattingly said.

Velasquez had a 14.04 ERA in his previous two outings, giving up 15 hits in 8⅓ innings.

The Phillies were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and missed out on great chances to score in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings.

Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (strained right rotator cuff) was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to July 14. He felt something while throwing long toss on Saturday, Mattingly said.

Phillies: RHP Connor Brogdon was reinstated from the COVID-19 IL. He was placed there prior to Sunday’s game against Boston for contact tracing after 3B Alec Bohm tested positive.

All-Star RHP Zack Wheeler (6-5, 2.26) will start for the Phillies on Sunday afternoon in the finale of the four-game series. Lopez was scheduled to start for Miami before being placed on the injured list. The Marlins haven’t announced his replacement.

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