4/27 Game Recap: Mets’ Bullpen Hit Hard In Shaun Marcum’s Debut Against Philadelphia Phillies

Different day, same result. Coming off a game in which Kyle Kendrick shutout the New York Mets, the Philadelphia Phillies got to the Mets’ bullpen early, and wasted no time beating up on the second worst ranked National League bullpen — in terms of ERA — only behind the St. Louis Cardinals. Once again, the Phillies defeated the Mets by a final score of 9-4. Before the game, the Mets activated pitcher Shaun Marcum from the DL and sent reliever Josh Edgin to Double-A Binghamton. Making his Mets’ debut, Marcum looked to be in command of all of his pitches early on, but faltered a bit in the third-inning, giving up three runs on four hits. In the end, Marcum’s first start was short lived, as he only lasted four innings, throwing only 71 pitches after Justin Turner pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the fourth-inning.

On the other hand, starter Jonathan Pettibone was on the mound for the Phillies, and while he was on record for three earned runs in five innings of work, the Phillies’ offense provided Pettibone with plenty of run support to earn the win. Despite Jordany Valdespin‘s RBI double in the second-inning, which opened the scoring, the Phillies fought back quickly, putting up three runs against Marcum in the top of third-inning.

Apr 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins in the dugout prior to playing the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Mets 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

After allowing two consecutive base hits to Pettibone and Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley hit a ground-rule double to left-center field. With Michael Young batting, Marcum threw a wild pitch which allowed Rollins to score. The very next batter, Ryan Howard hit a sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Utley to score the Phillies third run of the inning.

In the inning that followed, the Mets scratched out a run on Ike Davis‘ sacrifice fly which allowed David Wright to score, bringing the Mets within a run. However, that was the only run they scored after having the based loaded with no outs. After the sacrifice fly, Jordany Valdespin hit into a force out at second base. If it weren’t for Valdespin’s speed, it would have resulted in an inning-ending double play. With runners on the corners, manager Terry Collins called on Justin Turner to pinch hit for Marcum, but failed to get the bat off his shoulders, striking out looking to end the Mets scoring opportunity.

Robert Carson came in relief for the Mets in the fifth-inning. WARNING: This is where things get ugly. To say Carson was ineffective would be an understatement. Carson allowed a leadoff double to Rollins, and despite getting Utley to fly out to right field, Ryan Howard hit an RBI single to center field. Domonic Brown and John Mayberry followed by hitting back-to-back homers to break the game open.

Highlights

John Buck continued his hot April, connecting on his team-leading eighth home run of the season in the ninth-inning, a solo homer to left-center off reliever Jeremy Horst.

LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Rice combined for four shutout innings of relief, while striking out three batters.

David Wright went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the fifth-inning.

Up Next:

The Mets would look to avoid being swept by the Phillies tomorrow afternoon with Jon Niese facing Cole Hamels. First pitch is schedule for 1:10 pm.

Topics: Game Recap, Kevin Baez, New York Mets

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