Mets Game 128: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 9 Mets 4

It wasn’t really as close as the final score would suggest.

Mets Game Notes

Jonathon Niese followed the pattern set by Dillon Gee the night before by giving the Phillies a big lead early. Niese was hit hard and often, allowing 8 runs on 10 hits and a walk in 4 innings. He gave up little hits and big hits, to good hitters and bad hitters. Niese didn’t have much trouble throwing strikes, but he threw strikes that were too easy to smash.

I noticed that he threw an unusually high (for him) number of change-ups, to the point where it sort of felt like a spring training game — you know, when a pitcher toys with a pitch he’s “working on”? Unfortunately, Niese’s change was usually not slow enough to fool anyone — it was usually around 85 MPH, while his fastball sat at 90-91 (though he did touch 93-94 once or twice).

Meanwhile, the Mets offense couldn’t do much with Vance Worley. The Mets put together rallies in the first two frames that fizzled before anyone crossed the plate, and from there it was as though they were facing “Lee” instead of “Wor-Lee”.

Eventually the Mets plated four runs but it was so late in the game it didn’t matter. The team was 0-for-11 with RISP.

On the bright side, Lucas Duda hit another bomb. Nick Evans ripped a double and a triple, but was the victim of a called strike three to end the Mets first-inning rally.

As a side note, I watched this game from the right field seats at Citizens Bank Park — my first venture to the stadium. One thing that surprised me was the number of fans wearing Phillies gear — I would estimate that 90% of the people in attendance were wearing either a Phillies jersey or T-shirt (no exaggeration). It was a little unnerving seeing so many red shirts; and those who didn’t wear red wore white with the pinstripes, or old-school baby blue, or some other shirt emblazoned with the Phillies logo. Granted, you will see a good portion of Mets fans wearing Mets gear at Citi Field, but it’s not 90% of the crowd.

Other than seeing red, the only other remarkable thing to note was the “schmitter” — which is essentially a Philly cheesesteak enhanced with a slab of pork roll and a fresh tomato. Quite tasty.

Next Mets Game

The final game of the series begins at 1:05 PM on Wednesday afternoon. Mike Pelfrey goes to the hill against Kyle Kendrick.

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