Friday, July 15, 2011

Mets Lose, Now 8.5 GB In Wild Card

The Mets were defeated by the Phillies tonight by the score of 7-2. This is not the way a team trying to prove to their GM that they are in the playoff hunt wanted to come out after the all-star break. R.A. Dickey got the ball tonight and gave up 3 runs in the 2nd inning which seemingly made the Mets hang their shoulders. As usual though, Dickey settled down and kept the Mets in the game by allowing only 1 more run across the next 5 innings.

The Mets finally got on the board in the 6th by scoring a run on a wild pitch, however, they could have had a lot more. With the bases loaded and 1 out, Terry Collins went to his bench to pinch hit Scott Hairston for Lucas Duda because the Phillies brought in a lefty. Hairston wound up striking out though on a wild pitch that went to the backstop allowing a run to score. Then with runners on 2nd and 3rd, and 2 out, PH Ronny Paulino grounded out to 3rd to end the inning.

The Phillies broke the game open in the 8th thanks to some poor defensive play by the Mets infield. After a 1 out walk to Ryan Howard, Mets reliever Tim Byrdak got Raul Ibanez to hit a hard grounder to 2B for an easy 4-6-3 DP. Turner, however, booted the ball and was only able to make the play at 1st. Then after an IBB to Carlos Ruiz, Dominic Brown hit a sharp grounder to SS that Ruben Tejada couldn't handle which allowed John Mayberry to come to the plate with the bases loaded. Sure enough, Mayberry came through with a lined drive 2B down the LF line that cleared the bases to give the Phillies a 7-1 lead.

Game Notes:

- Carlos Beltran blasted his 14th HR of the year, a solo shot over the CF wall.
- Daniel Murphy went 2-4 to raise his season batting average to .307.
- John Mayberry went 2-4, with 5 RBI for the Phillies.

What a deflating loss. Coming off a rather successful 1st half of the season, I did not expect the Mets to lay a dud in the second half opener. This game seemed to be over in the 2nd inning as soon as the Phillies took the lead. The Mets defense had been poor going into the AS break and looked just as bad tonight. Tonight's loss, coupled with ATL's win, now puts the Mets 8.5 games behind in the wild card, and that much closer to Sandy Alderson waiving that proverbial white flag.

The Mets will continue their series with the Phillies tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM. The starting pitchers will be LHP Cole Hamels for the Phillies and LHP Jon Niese for the Mets.