DISCLAIMER: If you want to beat the Phillies in the playoffs, don’t pitch your aces. You hear that? Your Tim Lincecum, Mat Latos, Tim Hudson, or Bronson Arroyo won’t stand a chance. Instread, pitch Joe Schmoe, Joey Bag O’Donuts, and little Timmy, the bat boy. Your offense will only need a couple runs to beat the Phils.
Dillon Gee, some shmuck making his first career start against the Phils, pitched seven strong innings to shut down the Phils as the Mets won 5-2, ending their 11-game winning streak.
Gee pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits, two walks, and striking out five. His success most likely came as the Phils struggle against pitchers they have never seen before. It showed with the Braves’ Brandon Beachy this past Monday and the Marlins’ Adalberto Mendez a couple months ago. Even New York’s R.A. Dickey made the Phils look silly in his first outing against them in May.
Philadelphia jumped out a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a two-run homer by Ryan Howard. But Kyle Kendrick’s luck had to run out. Kendrick got hit up for four runs while only recording an out in the seventh. The Mets put up a five-spot and never looked back in the inning.
Cole Hamels takes the mound for one more time at Citizens Bank Park before the post season. Tomorrow is fan appreciation day and Hamels will look to give us fans who will not be able to afford post season tickets the opportunity to see him dazzle and lead this team to another ring.
Jimmy Rollins may be in tomorrow’s line up. Rollins has missed the past few weeks with another leg injury, the third time this season he missed significant playing time due to injury.
With the magic number still at two games, a win tomorrow and a Braves loss locks up the division for the Phils.
2B: Valdez (15). HR: Howard (31).
WP: Gee (2-1). LP: Kendrick (10-10). S: Takahashi (8).