Mets Game 87: Win Over Phillies
Mets 9 Phillies 4
For a change, the Mets did a number of things that we haven’t seen too often this season.
Such as, they came from behind to win, late in a game. They pounded out 14 hits. Pinch-hitters supplied three hits, two runs, and four RBI. The bullpen held a lead. John Maine pitched inside.
Maine, in fact, might have been the most encouraging story of the night. After a poor outing blamed on a “dead arm”, Maine bounced back to pitch 5 2/3 innings, striking out 5, walking 2, and allowing just one hit to the powerful Phillies offense. Unfortunately, that one hit was a three-run homer by Ryan Howard. Other than that one mistake, Maine was as close to “lights out” as he’s been in months.
The Mets, however, couldn’t overcome the Howard homer in time to give Maine a win. Instead, they continued with the one thing that has been plaguing them all year â€“ leaving runners on base. I thought 15 LOB was an extraordinary number on Friday night, but the Mets showed they could be even more miserable, leaving a collective 19 runners on the bases. NINETEEN. Yes, I know they scored nine runs, and that was great. But to leave 19 runners on base is astounding (the team’s LOB by inning was 9 — still kind of high).
Because of all those stranded runners, the game was a lot closer than the final score would tell you. The Mets jumped ahead 1-0 thanks to the patented “Get Jose on and David will drive him home” first-inning routine. Unfortunately, Wright swung at an awful pitch while ahead on the count and hit into a double play â€“ which scored Reyed but got Jamie Moyer off the hook of what could’ve been a bigger inning. The Mets added another two runs in the top of the fourth when Wright doubled, stole third, and scored on an error by Howard, and then red-hot Damion Easley drove in Carlos Beltran a few moments later. In the bottom of the frame, however, Howard made up for the miscue with his homer, tying up the game.
The game remained tied until the seventh, when the Phillies scratched out a run against Joe Smith and Pedro Feliciano (ironically, Feliciano was awarded with the victory, despite giving up the go-ahead run).
Beltran led off the eighth with a groundout, but Easley and Carlos Delgado hit back-to-back singles, setting the table for pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson. Reliever Tom Gordon uncorked a wild pitch to score Easley with the tying run, and after Anderson walked, Endy Chavez grounded to first to move the runners to second and third. With the score tied, Brian Schneider came up to hit for the pitcher, and hit he did â€“ a double to deep right center that scored two runs and put the Mets ahead 6-4.
Duaner Sanchez held the Phillies scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, and the Mets tacked on three more runs in the top of the ninth in a most unspectacular fashion. Fernando Tatis led off with a double, but from there on runs were plated thanks to an error, a fielder’s choice, and a single by Chavez.
Tony Armas, Jr. finished off the Phillies with a perfect ninth.
Wright and Reyes both hit their 21st doubles of the season. Wright, however, left five runners on base.
Easley was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Carlos Delgado stroked two singles, lifting his average to .237. Carlos Beltran walked twice and scored twice, but went hitless and is now floundering at .259.
The lefty â€“ righty matchup thing was a little ridiculous in this game. In the seventh, the Phillies sent up pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs, a lefty, to face Joe Smith. The Mets countered with LOOGY Pedro Feliciano, and Dobbs was replaced with righty Jayson Werth. While Werth hit an RBI single, in the process the Phils burned through a consistent Met killer in Dobbs. The next inning, with Ramon Castro scheduled to hit with runners on the corners, RHP Tom Gordon was summoned to the mound. The Mets then sent Marlon Anderson to hit for Castro. Why? For no other reason than to put a lefty hitter vs. a righty pitcher? Because Marlon is hitting only .200. What would have made much more sense would be to leave Castro â€“ who’s been swinging a hot bat lately â€“ in the game, and putting Anderson or better yet Endy Chavez in the game to pinch-run for cinderblock-footed Carlos Delgado at first base. Delgado, after all, represented the winning run.
As it was, Charlie Manuel looked good after Werth hit the go-ahead single, and Jerry Manuel looked like a genius, because the Mets scored three runs in that convoluted inning.
Ryan Church left the game in the eighth, complaining of dizziness. Crap. Maine left the game with a cramped LEFT forearm â€“ or at least, that’s how it was reported by AP. Hmm ….
Oliver Perez faces Kyle Kendrick in a 1:05 pm start on Sunday in Philadelphia.