Sunday, April 15, 2012

Post Game: Bullpen Unable to Hold Lead as Phils win 8-2

The New York Mets (6-3) were unable to complete a series sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon as the Mets bullpen blew a solid start from Mike Pelfrey, taking the game 8-2.

Mike Pelfrey ( 3.09 ERA) was far from the 8-strikeout dominance that he showed during his first start but managed to hold the Phillies to 1 run over 6 solid innings of work. Despite allowing 8 hits and 2 walks, Pelfrey battled and was aided with Mike Nickeas's defense that thwarted a potential Philadelphia rally as Nickeas was able to gun down Juan Pierre at 3rd on a double steal attempt in the bottom of the 5th inning. From there, things fell off the boat for the Mets, who had been ahead in the contest 2-1.

Ramon Ramirez (1-1, 6.23 ERA) surrendered 2 runs in his inning of work, the key hit being a sharply hit fly ball out to left that Scott Hairston almost reached, a ball that a healthy Jason Bay would have potentially caught, but ended up dropping in for a RBI-double. The Mets were unable to tack on any offense after that, with the bullpen imploding as Manny Acosta allowed 4 unearned runs and Miguel Batista continued his unimpressive streak this season, allowing 1 run.

The Mets offense came from one swing of the bat by Ike Davis, who blasted his 1st home run of the year, a 2-run shot in the first inning, to give the Mets a 2-0 lead early on. Despite a bases loaded threat in the top of the 9th, Justin Turner was unable to do anything with 2 outs as the Phillies salvaged the final game of the series.

The New York Mets will continue their road trip tomorrow evening as they head to Atlanta to oppose the red hot Atlanta Braves. Dillon Gee will take the mound for the second time this year at 7:10 PM ET on SNY.

Boiling Points:
  • Pelfrey's performance was his 2nd admirable start in a row, with both efforts being less than precise but both proving to be gutsy. Pelfrey went into the game with a 6+ ERA at Citizens Bank Park and did little early on to believe that this afternoon would be different, but ended up turning in a solid effort.
  • Miguel Batista has been largely unimpressive out of the 'pen this year. After his run allowed today, his ERA in an inflated 10.13 in a limited amount of work. 
  • Ike Davis was able to record his first multi-hit game of the season this afternoon, the first coming on the 2-run shot before adding a single later to raise his average to .125.
  • Ruben Tejada was befuddled by Cole Hamels this afternoon, striking out 3 times before finally making contact by grounding to 3rd during his final at-bat.