The Mets winning ways continued in the first game against their arch division-rival, the Philadelphia Phillies. The offense chased “fourth ace” Cole Hamels for 6 ER in just 2.6 IP. Hamels, who did not give-up a home run, fell apart in the third inning, giving up key hits to David Wright, Ike Davis, Brad Emaus, and even the pitcher, Chris R. Young.
Wright, who led the charge, went 4-5 with 2 RBI, 2 R, a 2B, and a SB. As the Mets announcers pointed out, Wright’s swing looked like “the Wright of old.” Mind you, Wright hasn’t been “himself” since the 2008 season. I have to agree with the guys in the booth, as Wright’s approach wasn’t the “all or nothing” swing we’ve seen in 2009 and 2010–seasons that led in a combined 301 strikeouts.
On the other side of the ball, Chris R. Young made his debut on the mound for the New York Mets. Young looked particularly sharp through the first four innings, but was obviously winded by the fifth. In the 5th inning, the tall right-hander gave up a single to Wilson Valdez, and then walked Michael Martinez. He seemed to rebound by striking out Shane Victorino, only to then surrender a RBI-double to Carlos Ruiz. With men on second and third, Young walked Jimmy Rollins after a seven-pitch at-bat, but got Ryan Howard to ground-out.
Mets skipper Terry Collins sent Young out for the 6th inning, however, the pitcher only last three batters, as he let up a hit and a walk to Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz, respectively. D.J. Carrasco relieved the pulled starter, and got Wilson Valdez to ground into an inning-ending double-play. Overall, Young pitched 5.3 innings, giving up 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB’s, while striking out 7 batters, and recording the win.
The Mets will look to win their fourth game in a row against right-handed starter Joe Blanton tomorrow at 7:05 PM.
Other game notables: Scott Hairston’s first hit, Brad Emaus’ first RBI, and Chris R. Young went 3-3 with a RBI and R.