Phillies 9 Mets 2
The final score shows seven runs between the victors and the losers, and it wasn’t even that close.
The Phillies did their usual thing: score a boatload of runs. The scary thing is, they were scoring like the Philadelphia Eagles BEFORE Chase Utley came off the DL. Now with Utley back in the lineup — and swinging just fine, thank you — the only question is whether they’ll be able to convert all the extra points.
On the other hand, the Mets did nothing of consequence. Against J.D. Durbin — he of the 5-point-something ERA and 1.6 WHIP — the Mets offense could muster just two measly runs on six lousy hits in six and a third innings. And would you believe that one of those two runs was scored on an unlikely infield hit by pitcher Brian Lawrence?
With one out in the seventh, and after throwing only 91 pitches, Durbin was inexplicably lifted by Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. This should have been a boon for the Mets, as the Philadelphia phiremen are of the Fahrenheit 451 ilk. But those New York bats could do nothing against future HOFers such as the 12-fingered (and twelve-toed) Antonio Alfonseca, J.C. Romero, Tom Gordon, and Clay Condrey. It was simply a bad, bad night for the Mets offensive.
Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth has nine hits in his last nine at-bats. I’d say he’s “in the zone”.
Paul LoDuca was 2-for-4 and running around like a ten-year-old at recess in his first game back since August 11. He scored one of the Mets runs and drove in the other.
Message to the Mets: this is how the rest of the series is going to go. If you are interested in taking one of these next three games — and that’s all you need, one friggin’ game — you must score. Don’t plan on the “good pitching beats good hitting” concept — it doesn’t work against this team at Citizen’s Bank Park. Two runs ain’t gonna do it. Neither are three, four, or five. These games will be slugfests — kind of like watching NCAA games with the aluminum bats. Score, score, and score some more.
Tom Glavine enters the lion’s den against Adam Eaton. Neither pitcher is expected to pitch past the fourth inning. Of course, that’s expecting the Mets batters can figure out Eaton, who may be the worst starting pitcher in the NL since Jose Lima — and after seeing their putrid performance against the legendary J.D. Durbin, we can’t have any expectations.