The Phillies finally ended their eight game losing streak by defeating the Mets 9-4. With Mike Pelfrey’s lack of ability and the Phillies finally putting ALL their regulars in the lineup, the good guys got out to an 9-0 lead and cruised. The Phillies had 19 hits in the game and Roy Halladay threw six shut out innings to pick up his 19th win of the year. Carlos Ruiz had four hits, Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence each had three hits. Mike Pelfrey only went three innings and gave up five runs to take the loss. DJ Carrasco also got blown apart for four runs in an inning of work. The Phillies head to Atlanta to take on the Braves, who are in a dog fight for the NL Wild Card. The Braves are currently a game up on the Cardinals with three to play.
Phils got the scoring started early and often off of Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey. Hunter Pence hit a two run home run in the first inning and Raul Ibanez added a sac fly to make it 3-0 Phillies before the Mets even batted. A two out RBI single by Chase Utley made it 4-0 in the second. Mike Pelfrey would continue with his terribleness by allowing a Placido Polanco RBI double in the third inning to make it 5-0. That would mercifully end the day for Pelfrey. DJ Carrasco was even worse in the fourth inning. Pence, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz all had RBI singles in the inning. (Ruiz’s was a two run single) With a 9-0 lead, Doc Halladay was his typical self. He went six innings, allowed just four hits and a walk. He was pulled because the coaches wanted to give others work. Antonio Bastardo started the seventh inning and continued to struggle mightily. After starting off with a strikeout, Bastardo allowed a walk, home run, triple, single, wild pitch and walk. Final line for Bastardo, 1/3 of an inning, 3 hits, 3 earned runs, two walks and a wild pitch. Vance Worley made a relief appearance and gave up a run. Ryan Madson gave up two hits in the ninth inning, but closed the door in a non-save situation.