There are really no words to explain this game, but I have some below that can give you a glimpse of the “battle” that ensued. Just knowing that the Phillies scored 15 runs in the first and the ninth inning combined almost makes me want to lose my lunch.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
As they normally do, the Mets couldn’t muster any offense against a young pitcher that they’ve never seen before. The lone run for New York came in the fifth inning off a Mike Baxter home run, his third of the season. The only other hits tonight came from Fred Lewis and David Wright, who is now just four hits shy of the franchise record. Their bats were so silent that they didn’t even have any at-bats with runners on base.
Phillies Offensive Highlights:
On the flip side, there wasn’t much that the Phillies couldn’t do with the bats tonight. They greeted Jeremy Hefner with an 8-run first inning, effectly ending his night a lot earlier than he was anticipating. There wasn’t even an out recorded in the first until Tyler Cloyd grounded into a double play. Jimmy Rollins, Juan Pierre, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, John Mayberry, and Dominic Brown all singled, followed by a walk to Kevin Frandsen and Erik Kratz being hit by a pitch. However, once the lineup turned over, Rollins, Pierre, and Utley all singled again before the final out could be recorded. Utley added another RBI single in the fifth inning to push the ninth run across. Although they left 7 men on base, they went a ridiculous 11-for-16 with runners in scoring position. To add insult to injury, the Phillies added a 7-run ninth to make this game even more laughable. It was so painful to watch, I don’t even want to recap the last bit of the game.
Jeremy Hefner watched his season ERA balloon from 4.99 to 5.79 without even recording an out tonight, as he allowed 6 hits on 7 runs and 1 walk. Collin McHugh came in to eat some innings and threw 3 while allowing 1 run. Then, it was the combination of Justin Hampson, Jenrry Mejia, Robert Carson, and Manny Acosta who all threw one scoreless inning each, but didn’t make it easy, as they allowed 9 hits between them. Elvin Ramirez gave up a late run in his inning of work, and Jeurys Familia couldn’t get out of the ninth, as he left the bases loaded with two out for Josh Edgin, who couldn’t record an out either, leaving it up to Ramon Ramirez to finally end the blood bath.
Tyler Cloyd was the polar opposite of Hefner and his outing, as he went 8 innings and allowed just the 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6. B.J. Rosenberg came on in the ninth to set the Mets down and finish the inevitable.
Probable Pitchers Friday:
The Mets will welcome the Marlins to town for their last tilt of the 2012 season at Citi Field, as Jacob Turner (2-3, 5.20 ERA) takes the hill for the Fish, opposing Jonathon Niese (11-9, 3.45 ERA). First pitch in Flushing is slated for 7:10pm.