When looking at the pitching matchups for the Mets series, Phillies fans were likely thinking Saturday would be an automatic win and as long as they won on Friday or Sunday, they’d win the series. However, as Wheels would say, this is a goofy game. The Phillies won two out of three against the Mets, winning Friday and Sunday, while getting blown out on Saturday. Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick were the winning pitchers, while Cole Hamels took the only loss in the series. The Phillies improved to 59-36 on the year and the Mets are now 47-47. The Phillies head to Chicago to face the Cubs, while the Mets welcome the Florida Marlins to town.
Game 1- Phillies 7, Mets 2
John Mayberry and Raul Ibanez led the way offensively for the Phillies. Mayberry had a career high 5 RBIs and Ibanez went 2-4 with a solo home run. Vance Worley could only go 5 1/3 innings because of a high pitch count, but did only allow 1 run. The Phillies’ offense actually did something vs. R.A. Dickey scoring 4 runs in his 7 innings of work. Ryan Madson was outstanding in his first action off the DL, striking out two in his first inning back. The Mets only scoring came on a Juan Perez wild pitch and a Carlos Beltran solo home run in the 8th.
Game 2- Mets 11, Phillies 2
This one was over before it started. The Mets got the scoring started in the first inning when Ryan Howard let a ball drop in the infield, scoring Scott Hairston. In the third, Cole Hamels walked Jonathan Niese to start the inning and that led to more trouble. Hairston doubled to left, on a play third baseman Wilson Valdez hardly reacted to, plating two more runs. The Mets would tack on 3 more in the next two innings and with the Phillies’ offense showing very few signs of life, this one was just about wrapped up. Phillies starter, Cole Hamels was pulled in the 5th, giving up 7 runs making this the worst start of his season. With the score 7-2 in the 7th, the Phillies’ only chance to come back was when they loaded the bases with no outs for Jimmy Rollins. Rollins swung first pitch, grounding into a double play, scoring a run. The next batter, Mayberry would fly out and end the threat. The following inning, Scott Hairston (this guy again?) almost hit a ball to Pluto off of Danys Baez putting the explanation point on the game.
Game 3- Phillies 8, Mets 5
If I were to tell you Michael Martinez would hit a three run HOME RUN and Kyle Kendrick would pitch SEVEN innings, what would you have called me? Actually, don’t finish that thought. With the Phillies leading by a run in the 5th, Michael Martinez’s first career home run barely cleared Utley’s Corner in right. Even though the Mets had base runners in 6 of the 7 innings he pitched, Kyle Kendrick allowed just a run. Perhaps the craziest part of Kendrick’s outing was the fact that he managed not to strike out a single batter. (LOLmets) The Phils would tack on 3 more in the 8th when Pedro Beato couldn’t find the strike zone. Beato walked pinch-hitter Ross Gload (Beato’s third walk of the inning) that scored Howard. After Beato was finally pulled, Ryota Igarashi gave up a two run single to Jimmy Rollins, staking the Phillies an 8-1 lead. Juan Perez proved why he hasn’t been in the big leagues for very long when he walked 3 in the bottom half of the inning. Ryan Madson also struggled, giving up two hits and a walk in relief of Perez. Antonio Bastardo closed the Mets’ rally when he struck out Justin Turner to end the inning. Bastardo gave up his first hit in 12 2/3 innings when he gave up a double to Daniel Murphy in the 9th. Hell of a run by Bastardo.
Final Thoughts on the series-
I’m not shocked that the Phillies won 2 out of 3. However, the fact that they won the series with Hamels getting destroyed and the prospects of Kendrick pitching the rubber match is impressive. Now they head to Chicago with their top guns going for them. (Halladay, Lee going the first two games). With two terrible teams in the Cubs and Padres this week, there’s no reason why the Phillies can’t keep the ball rolling and continue with the best record in baseball.