Back to reality.
After sweeping the Houston Astros over the weekend, Phillies fans thought this team looked invincible. The New York Mets proved otherwise, beating the Phils 7-1 in the first game of the three game series at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies and Mets are now both 3-1 on the season
The Cole Hamels-Chris Young matchup seemed unfair. While Hamels could be an ace on most teams, Young is clearly a fourth starter.
One of these starts looked sharp. The other was Cole Hamels.
Hamels looked good through the first two innings, but was chased in the third inning after allowing five hits and six earned runs in the third inning. Perhaps worst of all was the fact two of those hits came off the bat of opposing pitcher Chris Young.
Two of those RBI’s came courtesy of third-basemen David Wright who would go 4 for 5 with two runs scored.
The Phillies offense was no better. The Phils would only muster one run on an RBI double by Placido Polanco that scored Wilson Valdez to break the shutout. Jimmy Rollins would get a walk the next at bat, but any hopes of a rally ended on a ground out by Ryan Howard.
Shane Victorino didn’t look too comfortable in the leadoff spot tonight, going 0 for 5 with three strikeouts. Amazingly enough he wasn’t the only Phillie to strike out three times. He would share that honor with Howard who was 0-4 with three K’s.
The Phillies continue their series tomorrow night with Joe Blanton taking the mound for his first start of the season.
WP: Young (1-0) LP: Hamels (0-1)
2B: Polanco (3)