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Game 2 Recap: Phillies Exploit Mets Bullpen Again, Win 5-2

By Unknown author

For the second consecutive game, the Mets took a lead into the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies, and for the second consecutive game, the Phillies came back to win, 5-2.  The Mets wasted another stellar effort from one of their starters, this time Mike Pelfrey, who hurled seven and two-third terrific innings.  After the Mets tallied a single run in each of the first and third innings, Philly starter Cole Hamels settled down and wound up as the winning pitcher, tossing seven innings allowing just the two runs on seven hits while striking out ten.  The southpaw also retired the last eleven batters to face him.  In fact, the last seventeen Met hitters went down without a peep.  After Pelfrey handed the game over to the bullpen with two outs  and a runner on first in the top of the eighth, the Phillies scored three runs off relievers Mike O’Connor, Jason Isringhausen and Tim Byrdak and tacked on another in the ninth off Dale Thayer.  Ryan Madson then shut the door for his eleventh save.


  • Pelfrey had arguably his strongest outing of the season, allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks while fanning six in seven and two-third innings.  He wound up with the no decision but lowered his ERA to 5.00.
  • The Mets ran early and often on Hamels, totaling five stolen bases: two by Jose Reyes and one by Justin Turner, Jason Bay and  Angel Pagan, although Pagan was also caught stealing third base with nobody out.
  • In addition to stealing two bases, Reyes also went two for four and scored both Met runs.  The shortstop is now hitting .324/.373/.468 on the season with 19 steals.
  • The legend of Justin Turner continues, as he drove in the game’s first run with a single in the first.
  • Jason Bay produced the other Met run with an RBI single in the third.