Wild 1st Sets Tone In Phillies Rout

A victimized RP Josh Edgin looks down while Ryan Howard (background) circles the bases after hitting a 9th inning grandslam. It was Howard’s second 9th inning homer off Edgin in as many days. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Phillies 16, Mets 1
WP – Tyler Cloyd (2-1, 3.86)
LP – Jeremy Hefner (2-7, 5.79)

QUEENS, NY — The Phillies were held to six scoreless innings. Fortunately for them, the other three innings provided a lot of damage.

An eight-run 1st inning and a seven-run 9th propelled the Phillies to a 16-1 pounding of the Mets. The win gave them the sweep, and kept them in pace with St. Louis, who won again earlier in the day.

The Phillies had 21 hits in the game — of those 21 hits, 19 of them were singles. The only extra base hits came from Chase Utley’s double and Ryan Howard’s grand slam.

The Phillies led off the game with six straight singles and a walk off starting pitching Jeremy Hefner. Hefner was pulled after seven batters and a 4-0 game, who had all seven batters score on six hits and a walk.

Collin McHugh faced the eighth batter, Erik Kratz, and hit him with a pitch to make it a 5-0 game. Mchugh allowed three hits and three more runs to score, the last being charged to him in the eight-run inning.

New York got its only run off Tyler Cloyd in the 5th inning on a Mike Baxter homer. But despite that, Cloyd quieted the doubters, pitching eight innings of three-hit ball, walking two and striking out six.

The Phillies tacked on a run in the 8th inning on an Utley RBI single. They then poured on seven more runs in the 9th inning.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Jimmy Rollins walked to score in a run and make it 10-1. Juan Pierre then scored on an infield single and Utley was hit by a pitch to make it 12-1.

Howard then stamped an exclamation point on the game, hitting a grand slam off Josh Edgin, who Howard victimized with a two-run homer last night that won the game.

Pierre finished the game with five hits, all of them singles.

2B: Utley (14). HR: Howard (12).



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