Phillies make Nick Evans look great, lose 7-4

 Nick Evans had three hits, including a three run home run as the Mets defeated the Phillies in the getaway game 7-4. The Phillies fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and could never catch up as they left twelve men on base. Kyle Kendrick, who was spot starting for Cole Hamels, only went four innings, giving up six runs, but only two were earned.  Mike Pelfrey wasn’t great, giving up nine hits in six innings, but was good enough to pick up his seventh win of the season.  David Wright had a home run and two hits as well. The Mets are off tomorrow, but head home to face the Atlanta Braves Friday, while the Phillies continue their home stand against the Florida Marlins on Friday.

Things got off to an ugly start for the Phillies in the first inning.  Angel Pagan led off the game with a single. Michael Martinez’s fielding error allowed the next batter, Ruben Tejada, to reach base.  David Wright followed with a single to load the bases with no outs.  After a Lucas Duda RBI fielders’ choice and Jason Bay strikeout (shocking), Nick Evans (whooooo?) hit a three run home run to left. All four runs in the inning were unearned.  Considering Mike Pelfrey stinks, a 4-0 deficit was very manageable. The Phillies chipped away in the third inning. A two run single by Shane Victorino (creeping his way into the NL MVP conversation) cut the deficit in half. Two batters later, one of Chase Utley’s three hits would score Victorino to make it 4-3.  David Wright would push the Mets’ lead back up to two with a solo home run in the top half of the third inning. All of the sudden, an hour and half had rolled by and just three innings were in the books.  (Joe West would be proud) The Mets would tack on two more in the fourth and fifth innings on a David Wright sac fly and Nick Evans (Whoooooo?) RBI double.  Hunter Pence made it 7-4 in the seventh inning on a RBI infield single to second. The Phillies had a chance to get even closer in the eight inning.  Ross Gload doubled with one out.  Shane Victorino would then hit a ground ball that both Lucas Duda and Justin Turner went after.  Duda, the first baseman, tried to get back to the first base bag but missed it, setting up first and third with one out for Placido Polanco.  Polanco hit ground ball that seemed destined to reach center field, but Mets second baseman Justin Turner made a fantastic dive, starting a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.  The Phillies would bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but Carlos Ruiz grounded out to short to end the game.

Notes:

-This game moved at a snail’s pace.

-Jason Bay stinks

– So does Michael Martinez.

-Not sure why the Phillies insist on having Martinez on the roster when a guy like Jamey Carroll could be  probably be acquired through waivers.

-Nick Evans was probably a great Binghamton Met, not sure if he’s ever going to amount to anything as a New York Met.

-Two out of three ain’t bad.

-Mike Pelfrey is a loser and he still stinks.

Couldn't pick this clown out of a lineup.

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