PHILADELPHIA -- Mets manager Terry Collins and Phillies manager Pete Mackanin exchanged lineup cards at home plate for the final time Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
Both managed their final games for their respective teams on the final game of the 2017 season. Collins, who led the Mets to the 2015 National League pennant, resigned after an 11-0 loss to the Phillies. Mackanin, who led the Phillies' rebuild since June 2015, learned Thursday that he will not return as manager. Both will join their respective front offices and serve in advisory roles.
"I almost started crying," said Mackanin, who received a standing ovation before the game. "I didn't want to cry. It was really special. It meant a lot to me. I don't know who set it up. I looked at [Larry] Bowa and I said, 'Is this for me?' He said 'Yeah, tip your cap.' I didn't know what to do."
The Phillies sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning as they scored six runs against Mets right-hander Chris Flexen, who replaced starter Noah Syndergaard after two innings. They capped the season finale when Nick Williams hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning. Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta pitched five innings, allowing two hits and five walks while striking out seven.
"I always wondered if I'd ever hit an inside-the-park homer, especially in the big leagues," Williams said. "I don't think I have since like Little League, so that was crazy."
The Phillies (66-96) went 37-38 after the All-Star break after posting the worst record in baseball at 29-58 in the first half. They will pick third in the 2018 Draft. The Mets (70-92) will pick sixth.
"This is a sour taste, there's no question about it," said Collins, who resigned minutes after the game. "We certainly had bigger plans than what occurred. But there are some things you've got to be able to do, and right now, I just think this is what's best for the organization."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Franco makes his case: Maikel Franco ripped a three-run home run to left field in the fourth inning to hand the Phillies a 3-0 lead. It was Franco's fourth home run in the final five games of his season and 24th of 2017. He struggled this year, but played well in September. He hopes to get another shot to prove himself as the team's everyday third baseman next season.
Thor finishes strong: Syndergaard looked good in two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out two. He threw 26 pitches, and five of them were clocked at least 100 mph. It was Syndergaard's second appearance since April 30. He spent most of the season on the DL with a partial tear in his right lat.
"I felt like today was the best I've ever felt in my entire life," Syndergaard said. "I'm real excited with the way I finished up the season. Although it's unfortunate the way I couldn't compete in the regular season, it's pretty good to end on a high note."
"I look back and think, I had a batting champion. I had a no-hitter. I had the team hits king and a World Series. I got to watch one of my pitchers start an All-Star Game. So it's been a blast. But it's time." -- Collins, on his tenure
"I'm not going to lie and say I wasn't tired, I definitely was. But at the same time everyone else is in the same boat. You've got to learn from it. And hopefully sometime soon we're worrying about how to play into October." -- Phillies first basemanRhys Hoskins, on playing baseball through September for the first time of his career
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Freddy Galvis, who hit a pinch-hit double in the sixth inning, became the first Phillies player to appear in 162 games since Ryan Howard in 2008. Galvis is the 11th different player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Larry Bowa (1974) and Jimmy Rollins (2007) are the only two other shortstops to do it.
Third-base umpire Dan Bellino called out Cesar Hernandez on a throw to third base, but replay showed that Hernandez beat the tag from Mets third baseman Phillip Evans. Hernandez was ruled safe.
HOSKINS' LEARNING CURVE
Hoskins hit .314 with 18 home runs, 39 RBIs and a 1.247 OPS in his first 34 games in the big leagues. He hit .135 with nine RBIs and a .485 OPS in his final 16 games.
"We'll take what I can from the ups and the downs, try to learn from it, and try to apply it to my offseason work," Hoskins said. "And try to get ready for 2018."