Game 127: Loss
Phillies 4 Beltran 3
Brian Bannister looked pretty good in his first game back since obliterating his hamstring, but had some trouble with the top half of the Philadelphia lineup.
Batters one through four had six of the Phils’ seven hits, with Chase Utley going 2-4 with a run and an RBI, and man-child Ryan Howard driving in the other three runs.
The production was similar on the Mets’ side, as Reyes, LoDuca, and Beltran collected five of NY’s seven hits. MVP candidate Carlos 1 went 3-4 with a double, homerun, and three RBI.
As hot as Jose Reyes is hitting lately, his final two at-bats — including the last of the game — were awful. He looked like the vintage 2005 Reyes, the one that swings wildly at anything he can reach. You don’t mind that kind of aggressiveness early in the game, or when you’re ahead, but when you’re down one run in the late innings, you want to see batters take pitches and force the pitcher to make good pitches. After Julio Franco drove an opposite field pinch-hit single with two out, Jose wasted the final at-bat of the game, swinging at three pitches out of the strike zone. Hopefully this practice won’t continue into the next game.