Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Domonic Brown enjoyed the day off while their back-ups took charge today.
Unfortunately, the only team taking charge was the New York Mets. Phillies starter Vance Worley couldn’t overcome an unfortunate 1st inning full of errors as the Mets went on to win, 9-5.
A misplay by Raul Ibanez and an error by Jimmy Rollins led to three unearned runs in a four-run 1st for the Mets. Jose Reyes led off with a triple that Ibanez didn’t read too well. He then scored on a force play the following hitter.
But after a pair of singles, Rollins poorly fielded a ball hit by Angel Pagan that scored Jason Bay to make it 2-0. The Mets added a couple more and Worley was quickly in a 4-0 hole.
The 2nd was hideous for Worley, who couldn’t hit his spots. He was visibly frustrated but had to suck it up and pitch because the Phils didn’t want to exhaust their bull pen too early.
Worley’s day was done after three innings, allowing eight runs, five earned, on 12 hits while striking out one. They bull pen allowed a run in the final five innings on five hits. Kyle Kendrick, who allowed the run, pitched three great innings.
Ben Francisco and Dane Sardinha each had two-hit games for the Phils. Sardinha scored twice and doubled. Ibanez hit a meaningless solo homer in the 8th.
Reyes went 4-for-5 with a triple and a pair of runs scored for New York. Catcher Josh Thole busted out of his funk for a three-hit, three-RBI game. Daniel Murphy also added three of the Mets 17 hits.
2B: Mayberry (4), Sardinha (1), Francisco (5). HR: Ibanez (7).
WP: Niese (4-5). LP: Worley (2-1).