Mets Game 143: Loss to Phillies
Phillies 3 Mets 0
As Mets fans we are blessed to have the Phillies in our division and in turn the opportunity to see two of the best righthanded starters in baseball pitching over the course of a weekend.
Roy Oswalt was spectacular, spinning a complete-game, 4-hit shutout. He completely stymied the Mets hitters, and did not allow a Met to touch second base.
Jonathon Niese wasn’t bad — he just wasn’t tremendous. Unfortunately, his only chance at victory against Oswalt was to be at least tremendous, or better.
Niese allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings of work. That type of outing is defined as a “quality start”, and most would agree that Niese pitched well enough to win. But winning is tough when you pitch for the New York Mets.
Oswalt lost his first start in a Philadelphia uniform, but the Phillies have won all 8 of his starts since.
The Mets are now 70-73, 12.5 games out of first place with 19 games to play.