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Phillies Snap Out of Funk; Beat Mets

Phillies SP Cliff Lee dominated the Mets through eight innings. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Phillies 3, Mets 1
WP – Cliff Lee (6-7, 3.27)
LP – R.A. Dickey (18-6, 2.67)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (35)

QUEENS, NY — Things were starting to get a little worrisome for the Phillies after dropping three games in Houston.

But they snapped out of it, and continued on their way to a historical comeback in the standings with an important 3-1 win over the Mets. The win brought the Phillies to 3.5 games back with the Cardinals having the day off.

Cliff Lee was dominant again, continuing back on his path to the dominant Lee of 2011. He went eight innings, allowing only a run on seven hits and a walk, striking out 10.

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Mets Shut Out Phils

Mets 3B David Wright circles the bases after hitting a solo home run in the 1st inning off Phillies starter Vance Worley. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

The return of David Wright sparked the Mets offense in a big way.

Their star third baseman had a three-hit day, including a solo home run in the first inning in the Mets 5-0 shut out win backed by starter Jon Niese.

The left-handed Niese breezed through the Phillies order, pitching 6 2/3 shut out innings, allowing five hits and walk while striking out five.

The mets, carrying a 1-0 lead heading into the 4th, were able to tap into Phillies start Vance Worley for three more runs.

After Daniel Murphy scored on a double play ball hit by Jason Bay, Lucas Duda drove in Wright on a two-run homer off Worley. It was the second home run Worley gave up in the afternoon.

Worley lasted six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, four walks and striking out five.

In five of the Phillies’ first eight games they were held to two runs or less. This is also the first time this season they were shut out.

The Phillies also drew their fourth walk in the last five games, an indication on their lack of plate discipline this season so far.

WP: Niese (2-0). LP: Worley (0-1).


Series Preview: vs New York Mets

PHI: 81-44, 1st in NL East; NYM: 60-66, 4th in NL East

When: August 22-24
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cliff Lee (13-7, 2,82) vs Dillon Gee (11-4, 3.92)
Tuesday: Vance Worley (8-1, 2.76) vs Jon Niese (11-10, 4.05)
Wednesday: Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.24) vs Mike Pelfrey (6-10, 4.61)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, PHL 17
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – No one: Their best players are either injured or traded away. You can try and watch David Wright but he’s so bad right now, you want to look away.

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Hairston’s five RBIs fuel Mets

Mets RF Scott Hairston doubles in the 3rd inning, driving in two runs off Cole Hamels. He finished the day with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

For one brief moment, Cole Hamels, one of the three big All-Star arms for the Phils, came crashing back to earth.

The left-hander, whose fall from grace was a rarity all season, got roughed up by the New York Mets for seven runs en route to the 11-2 loss suffered in Queens on Saturday afternoon.

It was the first start, since Hamels was roughed up by the same team in the 4th game of the season – his first start for six runs – in which he allowed more than four runs. He lasted only 4 1/3, allowing seven runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out three.

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Series Preview: at New York Mets

PHI: 57-34, 1st in NL East; NYM: 46-45, 3rd in NL East

When: July 15-17
Where: Citi Field (Queens, NY)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Vance Worley (4-1, 2.20) vs RA Dickey (4-7, 3.61)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (11-4, 2.32) vs Jon Niese (8-7, 3.88)
Sunday: Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.58) vs. Mike Pelfrey (5-8, 4.55)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:10, CSN
Saturday, 4:10, FOX
Sunday, 1:10, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

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Off Day: Mets take advantage of Phils bench

New York's Jose Reyes leads off the bottom of the 1st with a triple. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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.

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2009 Phillies Moment #8: Bruntlett’s Unassisted Triple Play

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Eric Bruntlett. Two words that make Phillies fans cringe. On August 23rd though, he made history. Not just Phillies history, baseball history. Only fifteen times has an unassisted triple play occurred, and only twice has it ended a game. Eric Bruntlett is now part of that group. As much as we all like to pile on his batting average and how it was lower than his weight, for one day he was a legend, not just in the city but in the whole wide world of baseball.

With the Phillies up by two in the ninth, no outs, and the Mets rallying with runners on first and second, the Phillies needed a big play to prevent the Mets from coming back. Bruntlett helped the Mets’ cause with one of two Phillies errors in the inning. Jeff Francoeur hit a 2-2 pitch right to Bruntlett, who stepped on second to double up Luis Castillo and then tagged Daniel Murphy for the third out.
Bruntlett had this to say after the game:

I didn’t know how to react. I didn’t know what to do. The ninth inning was wild. The whole game it seemed was strange. I was almost laughing. What do you do there? Game’s over. High fives.

He might be out of organization forever, but the legend will live on.

-Real Deal

EDIT: Here is the video

Turning Three

Eric Bruntlett’s unassisted triple play was something to witness. After being robbed of a base hit in the eighth by Jeff Francoeur, Bruntlett returned the favor, snaring Francoeur’s no-out line drive up the middle, stepping on second, and tagging Daniel Murphy for the unassisted triple play to win the game for the Phillies.

It has been that kind of year for the Mets as that was the third time this year they lost on the last play. The other two times were a throwing error that allowed a run to score early in the season and a dropped pop-up by Louis Castillo versus the Yankees that allowed the tying and winning run to cross the plate.

How special was Bruntlett’s turn? It is just the 14th unassisted triple play in the regular season in baseball history. It is just the second unassisted triple play to end a game as the only other time happened in 1927. The last Phillie to repeat such a feat was Micky Morandini in 1992.

From Todd Zolecki’s article on

“It’s hard to know how to react to it,” Bruntlett said. “I was almost laughing. That doesn’t happen. What do you do there? Game is over. High fives.”