Saturday, July 16, 2011

No Beltran? No Problem: Mets Bomb Phillies 11-2

The New York Mets snapped their 3 game losing streak this afternoon at Citi Field, defeating the National League East leading Phillies 11-2.

Early in the afternoon Carlos Beltran was scratched from the lineup with what was described as "flu-like symptoms". The only All Star that has remained healthy all year, the loss of Beltran appeared to be a death sentence against Cole Hamels, who entered today 2nd in the National League in ERA. However, Beltran's absence was a blessing in disguise for the Mets on this Saturday afternoon.

Scott Hairston was announced as Beltran's replacement and had a career day--hitting a double in the first inning that led to an early 1-0 lead before contributing another double and a 3-run home run that gave the Mets the ultimate 11-2 lead in the 7th inning. Hairston has seen massive success against Cole Hamels in his career, having hit 3 home runs prior to today(6-17 overall).

Jonathan Niese(9-7, 3.73 ERA) bounced back from a poor 1/3 of an inning in San Francisco before the All Star Break to pitch 7 innings of 2 run(1 earned) ball, allowing 6 hits while striking out 6 in his 103 pitch effort. Bobby Parnell and Manny Acosta pitched scoreless innings in relief behind Niese to protect the lead.

The Mets jumped on Cole Hamels(11-5, 2.71 ERA) early in the first inning and never looked back, forcing him out after 4 1/3 innings. The offensive charge was led by Scott Hairston, but Daniel Murphy also had a 3 hit day, including belting his 6th home run of the year off of Hamels. The effort today brought Murphy's average up to .312 on the season as he continues to perform well above expectations. Justin Turner, Jason Bay and Ruben Tejada also contributed two hits a piece in the rout.

The New York Mets will look to win the rubber match against the Phillies tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field at 1:10 PM.