Aug 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

8/26 Game Recap: Mets Edged By Phillies 2-1


Tonight at Citi Field, the Mets opened up a four game set against the Phillies.

Zack Wheeler tossed 6.2 innings of 2 run ball, but the Mets’ offense was stymied by Phillies starter Cliff Lee in New York’s eventual 2-1 loss.

The Mets got the scoring going in the second inning, when Andrew Brown singled home Marlon Byrd (who had reached on a fly ball double) to make it 1-0.

The score remained 1-0 Mets until the top of the fourth.  After recording the first two outs of the inning, Wheeler gave up a single to Michael Young, walked Darin Ruf, and served up a two run triple to Cody Asche as the Phillies took a 2-1 lead.

The Mets’ bats were relatively silent against Cliff Lee, but they had a chance to get to him in the bottom of the eighth.  After Travis d’Arnaud singled and Lucas Duda walked, Juan Lagares came up with two outs and runners on first and second.  However, Lee got Lagares to strike out on a 3-2 pitch (his 121st of the game) to keep the Mets off the board and preserve Philadelphia’s 2-1 lead.

The Mets then went down in order in the ninth as they lost their fifth consecutive game.

Highlights:

  • Zack Wheeler got the start for the Mets and pitched extremely well.  In 6.2 IP, he gave up 2 runs on 5 hits.  He walked 1 and struck out 7.  His season ERA is at 3.42.
  • Travis d’Arnaud went 1 for 3 at the plate and gunned down a would be base stealer at 2nd base in the 8th.

Thoughts:

First, the Mets lost their closer.  Then, they lost their team Captain and main offensive threat.  This afternoon, they lost their Ace.  Tonight, they lost a game.  It pales in comparison to the garbage this team has gone through injury wise over the last month and change.

Next Up:

The Mets play the second game of their four game set against the Phillies tomorrow night at 7:10.  Jonathon Niese gets the start for the Mets.  He’ll be opposed by Kyle Kendrick.

 

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