Well, the New York Mets (15-11) continued their dominance of Colbert Michael Hamels, scoring 6 runs off of the southpaw in a wet and cold Philadelphia. Jon Niese once more pitched well, giving up 1 run in on 4 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5 in 7 IP, running with that for a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies (13-13). Cole Hamels has an 8.33 ERA in his last 6 starts against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
After about a 90-minute rain delay, they got underway with a first pitch around 8:30.
The Mets got the scoring underway in the 3rd inning. Ruben Tejada led off with a double down the left field line, moving over to 3rd on Jon Niese’s sac bunt. Eric Young, Jr. struck out swinging, but Daniel Murphy, who was 3 for 5 tonight with an RBI and a run scored, got that RBI with a single to put the Mets on the board. He was thrown out at 2nd trying to advance on a curveball to David Wright in the dirt.
With the Captain then leading the 4th off, he flew out to left before Chris Young took a walk. He moved over to 2nd on a Cole Hamels wild pitch to Curtis Granderson, who finished his AB with a walk as well. Josh Satin, starting against the southpaw, singled to center, driving in Young for the 2nd run of the game. After Travis d’Arnuad struck out swinging, Tejada took the walk, who went 2-3 with a run scored, 2 RBI, getting on base 3 times tonight. With Mets pitchers sitting on the season with no hits between them, Cole Hamels walked Niese on a 3-2 pitch to force in the 3rd run. After a pitching coach Bob McLure visit to the mound, EYJ grounded out to end the inning.
The Phillies got their 1st hit and run when Marlon Byrd homered to left-center in the bottom of the 4th inning.
The Mets responded to the removal of the shutout by adding on to their lead and driving Hamels to the dugout early. Murphy continued his hot streak, singling to lead off the inning. Wright flew out to center for the 1st out, bringing Chris Young up to the plate. After Murphy stole 2nd base for his 28th consecutive, Young doubled to center to drive him in for the 4th run of the game. With the bullpen brewing, the McLure headed out their once more. Grandy grounded to 1st, but Satin was hit by a pitch. d’Arnaud then took a walk to load the bases, bringing up the, at least tonight, hot-hitting Tejada, who dug and twisted the dagger into Hamels with a single to center, driving in 2 before manager Ryne Sandberg ended the pitcher’s night.
Daisuke Matsuzaka worked around a lead-off walk and an EYJ foul fly error for a scoreless 8th.
Jose Valverde, who Terry Collins cited as needing to get in a game, got to wrap the game up in the 9th inning, though he gave up a Ryan Howard double into the left field corner with 1 out that he worked around.
Along with the middle of the infield going a rare 5-8 on the night, Curtis Granderson went 1-3 with a lacer of a single, a run scored and a walk.
Weather permitting, the Mets and the Phillies wrap up their 1st series of the year tomorrow night at 7:05pm at Citizens Bank Park. RHP Bartolo Colon (2-3, 4.50 ERA) will take on RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.52 ERA).
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