Mets Game 79: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 7 Mets 2

The Phillies racked up seven runs in the first three innings against Livan Hernandez, and never looked back.

Hernandez was mercifully excused from his duties with no outs and the bases loaded in the fourth inning, at which point he had allowed 7 earned runs on 10 hits and 4 walks through three. It could’ve been an even uglier line, but long man Pat Misch got two ground balls resulting in three outs and no runs scored to save Livan’s ERA.

The Mets bullpen shut down the Phillies bats over the last five innings of play (Misch threw three shutout innings). Maybe the home team was simply tired of swinging and running around the bases.

Notes

Interestingly, Livan wasn’t victimized much by the gopher ball — a solo blast by Jayson Werth was the only run scored via homerun. Instead, the Phils mostly singled him to death. The top three hitters in the lineup were 6-for-8 against him in the first four frames.

OK, so, to reiterate: the Mets were beaten in a game where RODRIGO LOPEZ and CHAN HO PARK combined for eight innings of two-run ball. What else is there to say?

Ryan “Hercules” Church went 3-for-4. He’s now 13 for his last 23 and his season batting average has surged to .300. It’s safe to say he has “stepped up”. But hey, Danny Murphy (.245) is still a better hitter, as far as me and Pops Manuel are concerned.

Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect inning in this game. He does really well when the game is out of reach.

Once again, GREAT work by Emmy Award-winning Bill “Wizard” Webb, particularly in the third inning on a double by Jimmy Rollins. On the play, Rollins should have had a single, but made it to second because no one was covering the bag. Webb’s cameras gave us great up-close shots of Ryan Church fielding the ball in center, Rollins running down the first base line, and Livan throwing his glove at the ball up the middle, but unfortunately was not able to give us an angle that actually captured the play as it developed. Where was Fernando Tatis or Alex Cora? No one sitting at home knows, because no cameras were on them. Even if they had, most likely we would have seen the acne on Cora’s face or Tatis picking his nose, rather than a broad view shot that gave us an inkling on the actual ACTION.

For those unaware, many Emmy Awards are doled out to people not because of performance or popularity, but simply because someone took the time to fill out the necessary forms. No joke.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Phillies do it again on July 4th at 4:05 PM (yeah, a FOX game). Fernando Nieve faces Jamie Moyer.

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  1. isuzudude July 4, 2009 at 9:37 am
    Jerry out-managed himself into trying to include extra offense into last night’s lineup. By stacking Tatis and Evans into the lineup, not only did Jerry make the lineup too righty heavy against a RHP, but also sacrificed his defense, which came back to haunt him. Evans making a poor attempt to dive for a ball in LF, Church (who was forced over to CF to get Evans into LF) misplayed a flyball near the wall, and Tatis forgets to cover 2B on Rollins’ advancement. It’s like Jerry was forcing the square-pegged Mets, who do their best when they’re fielding, running and manufacturing their way to victory, into a round hole by trying to tranform them into a power hitting team.

    What’s with all the sudden off days for Luis Castillo? He’s been benched a game in each of the last 3 series, which is odd since Castillo has been productive and healthy pretty much all year. Wright swings and misses in 3 out of every 4 attempts, Cora has a torn thumb ligament, Murphy looks lost at 1B and at the plate, Sheffield’s got a bum knee, but it’s Castillo who is finding himself riding pine. When will Jerry finally let this guy out of his friggin’ doghouse?

    Some numbers to chew on:
    Since June 1st, they Mets are…
    1-4 in games not started by Castillo.
    3-8 in games in which Castillo has hit 8th or 9th.
    7-7 in games in which Castillo has hit 1st or 2nd (i.e. .500 baseball).
    On top of that, the Mets are 4-1 during that span in which Castillo has hit 2nd, his prototypical spot in the lineup.
    Now you see why I harp so much on the Castillo-hitting-2nd subject. With these numbers being so obvious, I’d love to know what Jerry’s rationale is for continuing to bat Castillo in places in the lineup that are detrimental to the team’s success. To me, it looks like his ‘hunches’ are costing the Mets vital games in the standings.

  2. gary s July 4, 2009 at 11:26 am
    dude, remember the ill fated murphy to reyes to the plate relay that manuel said they practiced in spring training.there is no rationale for our manager when it comes to making decisions.as far as castillo, despite his numbers, his best years are behind him.he also has bad knees which need rest.it’s very mysterious what has happened to wright’s swing.he misses an incredible amount of pitches and he’s on top of the ball all year, hence no power and a lot of groundballs.very strange.that said, maybe they can bounce back today against moyer’s lollipops..
  3. mic July 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm
    Gotta agree with the i-dude. These line ups lately are ad-lib and dont make sense.

    – I think evans and murph should straight platoon at 1st.

    – I think Cory sullivan and Tatis in LF

    – Church/Fmart in CF an Church Sheff in RF yes thats 6-Ofers but it sounds like F-mart could be DL soon and really Tatis is a super sub. agreed on Castillo…especially since Cora is getting the majority of time at ss.

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