Sunday, July 17, 2011

Phillies Defeat Meats 8-5

The Philadelphia Phillies(59-35) defeated the New York Mets(47-47) by a final score of 8-5 to win the rubber match of their 3 game series and push the Mets back to a 12 game deficit in the National League East.

The Phillies jumped on Mike Pelfrey and the Mets in the 1st inning and never looked back. Following a stolen base by Chase Utley, Ryan Howard singled in the All Star second baseman to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. While Pelfrey would calm down and pitch 3 scoreless innings, he hiccuped in the 5th and allowed a 3-run home run to Michael Martinez, the first of his major league career.

The Mets would begin to show fight in the bottom of the 7th inning after falling behind 5-0 as Scott Hairston picked up an RBI single to score Ronny Paulino. Following a 3 run inning in the 8th, the Mets responded with 3 of their own, although Lucas Duda grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and nobody out. The Mets would tack on one run in the bottom of the 9th with an RBI triple by Lucas Duda, but would ultimately fall short.

Mike Pelfrey(5-9, 4.67 ERA) continued to have a rough time against the Phillies, giving up the run early on before allowing the home run to Michael Martinez. For Pelfrey, the 9 losses he has recorded now is equivalent to the total number of losses he notched in 2010 all together.

Daniel Murphy can do no wrong in every aspect of his game. After making a nice play early on to prevent a base hit at third, Murphy had yet another multi-hit game, going 2-3 with a double and two walks. He's now hitting over .360 over his last 10 games.

Willie Harris, Lucas Duda and Ronny Paulino also contributed multi-hit efforts in the loss.

The Mets will look to climb above .500 once again as they welcome the Florida Marlins to Citi Field tomorrow night at 7:10 PM.