After having their five game win streak snapped yesterday, the Amazin’s tried getting back to winning ways today in game two at the Vet, but instead, dropped their second straight to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Making his tenth start of the season, Harry Parker climbed the hill with a perfect 5-0 record. But in support of their pitcher, all the Mets could muster was one run on four scattered hits against Phillies starter, Jim Lonborg, who pitched eight innings to gain his fourth victory of the season. He walked two and struck out six along the way.
Philadelphia jumped out to a 4-0 lead off Parker in the fourth. After the Mets hurler issued two walks and a single, he then surrendered a grand slam home run off the bat of Mike Schmidt – his second home run in two games. Parker lasted five innings, while only giving up two hits. He walked four and struck out three in suffering his first loss of the season. Willie Montanez drove in two more runs in the seventh with a single off Phil Hennigan to give the Phils a 6-1 final victory, while also giving Philadelphia a four game win streak of their own.
|New York Mets||Philadelphia Phillies|
|1||Don Hahn||CF||1||Denny Doyle||2B|
|2||Felix Millan||2B||2||Del Unser||CF|
|3||Rusty Staub||RF||3||Willie Montanez||RF|
|4||John Milner||1B||4||Greg Luzinski||LF|
|5||Ed Kranepool||LF||5||Tom Hutton||1B|
|6||Wayne Garrett||3B||6||Mike Schmidt||3B|
|7||Jim Fregosi||SS||7||Bob Boone||C|
|8||Ron Hodges||C||8||Larry Bowa||SS|
|9||Harry Parker||P||9||Jim Lonborg||P|
Yogi Berra‘s crew is now 28-31 on the season, in fourth place, 7.5 games out of first. Tomorrow, the Mets will send Jon Matlack to the mound to try and salvage at least one game of the series. The Phillies will go with Wayne Twitchell.