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Phils Work Late-Inning Magic to Prevent Sweep

Phillies 1B Laynce Nix celebrates after his go-ahead double in the 7th. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

All Philadelphia had to do was finish the scoring chances they put up against Mike Pelfrey.

Instead, they waited for the Mets to pull their starter to get the ball rolling. With a 2-1 lead the Mets turned to their bull pen in the 7th inning, regretting the move deeply as it cost them a shot at sweeping the Phillies on the road.

The Phils out up seven runs in their final two innings, beating the Mets 8-2 behind the bat of Ty Wigginton.

Wigginton tied the game up, 2-2, with his sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the 7th. As he skied a deep fly to right field, Jimmy Rollins, who was standing on third, pumped his fist before tagging up and scoring the tying run.

Laynce Nix followed up with an RBI double to score Hunter Pence, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

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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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6 for 6: Howard’s big game crushes Mets

It was a record-breaking night for the Phillies.

Ryan Howard and Placido Polanco both set Phillies records for the month of April as they played key roles in the Phillies 10-3 drubbing of the Mets Friday night.

Ryan Howard rips a two-run homer to the second deck in right field. It was the first of two homers. Howard also drove in six RBIs. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Howard hit two home runs and drove in six RBIs. Polanco had two hits and drove in two runs as well. The offensive surge overshadowed the fact Vance Worley was making his first start of 2011 in place of the injured Joe Blanton (will get to that later).

The Phils broke the scoreless tie in the 4th inning when Howard sent Mets starter Mike Pelfrey’s offering into the right field upper deck. Two innings later, Howard cleared the bases the only way he knows best, hitting his 10th career grand slam off reliever Dillon Gee.

Worley was everything plus more the Phillies wanted from the young righty, making an emergency start in place of Blanton. He was strong through six, allowing four walks and two hits while striking out five.

The same could not be said for Pelfrey, who got pummeled for the second time this season against Philadelphia. He lasted only 4 1/3 while giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk.

A pair of records were broken tonight by Howard and Polanco. Howard’s 27 RBIs this month are a new club record for April, shattering Pat Burrell’s 24 in 2008 with one game to go. Polanco also hit his 39th hit, a record for April. Polanco his hitting .390, second in the majors.

The 3-4-5 for the Phillies have finally heated back up. Jimmy Rollins’ two-hit night brought his average up to a .282. Howard’s two hits brought him above .300 and Ben Francisco’s two hits got him up to .272. In their last three games, the trio is a combined 17-for-40 (.425) with three doubles, five homers, and 17 RBIs.

HR: Howard 2 (6).

WP: Worley (1-0). LP: Pelfrey (1-3).


INJURY UPDATES — In a series of three Tweets by Todd Zolecki, he updated us on the Phillies injury situation as released by Ruben Amaro earlier today (tweets read bottom to top):

Phillies Breakout the Big Bats; Down the Mets 10-7 After Blowing Big Lead

After last night’s downer of loss, which featured the complete shellacking of Cole Hamels by the Mets, the Phillies looked to put last night behind them. Well it wasn’t pretty but the Phillies got the job done. Heavy B, Joe Blanton the fifth starter, got the nod for the Phillies. Look at it this way: if you were expecting a pitchers duel, you thought wrong. One starter never got out of the second, the other was pulled after recording the first out in fourth.

It started out good for the first four innings for the Phillies. They knocked Mets Ace, Mike Pelfrey around the diamond and out of the game in the second inning. Pelfrey lasting only 2+ innings compared to Hamels’ 2.2 IP last night. The line on Pelfrey: 2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, (6 R), 1 BB, 1 K. The Phillies got to Pelfrey early and often. Ryan Howard blasted his second home run of the year off of Pelfrey, which capped a 4 run third inning by the Phils offense, which sent Pelfrey to the showers early.

Phillies starter, Joe Blanton was on cruise control until the fifth inning, when the wheels came off. Blanton could not get out of the fifth, going only 4.1 IP. The Mets later tied the game later in the inning when Antonio Bastardo, who relieved Blanton surrendered a single to Daniel Murphy, which scored a runner inherited from Blanton. That inherited runner scoring would mark the end of the line on Blanton’s night altogether. The line on Blanton:  4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. At that point the Phillies had blown a 7 run lead.

It wasn’t looking real good at this point, but the Phillies “sleeping dragon” of an offense awoke with a roar in the bottom half of the fifth inning. With a monstrous two-run home run from Ben Francisco off of Mets reliever Blaine Boyer, gave the Fightin’ Phils the lead for good. In the bottom of the sixth, the Phillies tacked on an insurance run and never looked back. The bullpen, was lights out, surrendering two measly hits, while striking out four. Ad hoc closer, Jose Contreras, shut the door in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

Final thoughts: I guess, the term “Runs At A Premium” doesn’t apply here. If you were either starter, it wasn’t exactly a start to write home about. Both teams surrendering double digit hit totals. It was an ugly, ugly, UGLY win… but a win is a win for the Fightin’ Phils and I will take it. Tomorrow is a Halladay.

Phillies 10 Mets 7. Final.

WP: A. Bastardo (1-0) LP: B. Boyer (0-1) SV: J. Contreras (1)

HR: (PHI) R. Howard (2), B. Francisco (2); (NYM) A. Pagan (1)

Box Score:

Mets 7 R, 12 H, 1 E

Phillies 10 R, 16 H, 1 E

Tonight’s attendance at Citizens Bank Park: 45,061. 128th consecutive sellout at CBP.

Tomorrow’s Probables:
NYM: J. Niese (0-0, 2.57 ERA) PHI: R. Halladay (0-0, 1.50 ERA). Start time: 3:05 pm

Comeback Falls Short

Lately, when the Phillies got a rally going in the late innings, a come-from-behind win seems to be in works. But the Mets shaky bull pen held on as they beat the Phils 4-3 Saturday afternoon.

Mike Pelfrey was great until the eighth inning. He lasted 7 1/3 until he allowed two in the eighth. His final line had him giving up two runs on six hits while striking out five.

Kyle Kendrick was sturdy in his start. He gave up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one in five innings. He was granted another shot at starting after struggling his last four starts.

Ike Davis was the reason the Mets won. His 4-for-4 game and three RBIs led the Mets. Jose Reyes’ solo homer in the third was the other run scored by New York.

For the Phils, Raul Ibanez had two hits and Mike Sweeney doubled.

They got their lone offense in the eighth with Shane Victorino’s RBI single. Ryan Howard followed that up with a two-run single of his own to make it a 4-3 game.

The Braves beat the Cardinals in walk-off fashion to tie them up with the Phillies in the division.

2B: Sweeney (2).

WP: Pelfrey (14-9). LP: Kendrick (9-9). S: Takahashi (6).


The Frustration Mounts

Jobu must be angry because there is seriously something wrong with the Phillies offense. They were shut out for a third straight time and the fourth in five days as they lost to the Mets, 3-0, to finalize a rare series shut-out.

Mike Pelfrey pitched seven shut out innings, allowing only three hits but five walks while striking out five. Cole Hamels had another great start wasted as he gave up three runs, two earned, on nine hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings pitched. He also struck out three.

The Mets got a run in the first inning off an RBI by Jason Bay and then two more runs in the seventh on a two-run double by Jose Reyes. Shane Victorino had three of the Phillies’ four hits, which were all singles.

The Phillies have not scored in 46 of their last 47 innings and 27 straight. They have lost five straight and are just terrible right now. They haven’t scored against a starter in five straight games.

The last time the Phillies were shut-out three games in a row was 1983. The 1968 Chicago Cubs went over four games without scoring a run, amassing 48 scoreless innings. That is the major league record. In 1969, the Mets shut-out the Phillies in a three-game span.

WP: Pelfrey (7-1). LP: Hamels (5-3). S: Rodriguez (9)


The Bats Have Gone Silent

Home plate is not seeing any red cleats crossing it lately. The Phillies offense has been dead silent, like a Marlins game in June. The recent struggles of the Phillies are becoming a thing to worry about, especially with the current string of series against the division and American League in which they habitually struggle.

The Phillies have put up goose eggs in 37 of their last 38 innings. They’ve been shut-out in three of the last four games, scoring only three runs in that span that came in the ninth inning of an 8-3 loss to Boston.

Thanks to that cold spell, the Phillies have lost four straight and are on the verge of being swept for the first time this season. In that span, they’re 4-for-30 with runners in scoring position.

The Phillies held a players only meeting earlier today after Charlie Manuel held one last night. Usually when Manuel closes the doors to talk to the team, good things ensue. Hopefully that will be the case tonight as Cole Hamels goes up against Mike Pelfrey in what could be a great pitcher’s duel.

Series Preview: Mets

Phillies (26-17; 1st in NL East) at New York Mets (21-23; 5th NL East)

Where: Citi Field
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Pitching Probables
Tue: Jamie Moyer (5-3, 4.30) vs. R.A. Dickey (0-0, 3.00)
Wed: Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.06) vs. Hisanori Takahashi (3-1, 2.53)
Thu: Cole Hamels (5-2, 3.92) vs. Mike Pelfrey (6-1, 2.86)

Tue: 7:10 pm; CSN
Wed: 7:10 pm; CSN
Thu: 7:10 pm; MyPHL17

Hot – Jayson Werth: .292 (7-for-24), 4 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Not – Roy Halladay: Two losses his last two outings including the game against Boston (5 2/3 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 1 K).

Player to Watch – Jason Bay: I know what you’re thinking. He hasn’t been the same player the Mets signed in the off season expecting to be their savior. Though he’s batting a respectable .296, he has only one homer and 17 RBI’s. With numbers like that, he isn’t worth the $8.625 million for the season. But hey, I pointed him out because he was this prized jewel the Mets made him out to be and though he may be good, he isn’t all that.

Series Overview: If the Phillies needed a hot streak anytime, now is that time. The Mets are reeling and also a rival to the Phillies. Now I understand that despite it being a rivalry, it’s made more by the fans than the players this season. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the Phils play with a little bit of an extra edge.

The interesting stat is that the Phils are 13-7 on the road and the Mets are 15-9 at home. Also the pitching match-up on Thursday is going to be the one to watch. Hamels has been pitching much better where as Pelfrey cooled down a bit but is still having a fine first two months of the season. It will be interesting whose offense solved the other pitcher.

Hey Mets, That’s A Real Pitcher On the Mound

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Roy Halladay shows his greatness vs. the Mets. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

I wonder if Roy Halladay understands the importance every start against the Mets is. He sure pitched like he had a little something special for the Mets as he pitched his second shut out and third complete game of the season in the Phillies 10-0 win over New York Saturday afternoon. The win snapped the Mets’ eight-game winning streak and brought the Phillies to a half game behind the Mets in the division.

In Halladay’s (5-1, 1.47) nine innings, he only allowed three hits and a walk while fanning six. Yes New York, that’s what a real pitcher looks like. Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 2.40)? Not so much. He last four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk.

The good news with shelling Pelfrey is that the Phillies offense woke up, hopefully for a sustained period of time and not just three innings. They exploded in the fourth for six runs off of a few singles, a few doubles, and then capped off with a three-run homer by Shane Victorino.

I couldn’t watch this game because I was working. I saw Juan Castro’s two-run double in the fourth and I saw a few pitches by Doc. I can’t give a fair assessment from watching this game but I can say it was nice seeing the offense hit around a pitcher that was on fire to start the season and see Halladay bounce back against an offense that was rolling.

Sunday’s game is going to be the rubber match for the Phillies. Jamie Moyer v. Johan Santana should make for an entertaining one. Santana has had a poor track record against the Phillies in recent history and Moyer has had a poor track record against everyone else. We’ll see whose offense shows up tomorrow.

Doubles: Utley 2 (6), Victorino (3), Castro (3). Triples: Ibanez (1). HR: Victorino (4).

WP: Halladay (5-1). LP: Pelfrey (4-1). 


Series Preview: Mets

Phillies (12-9; 2nd in NL East) vs. New York Mets (13-9; 1st in NL East)

Where: Citizens Bank Park
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Pitching Probables:
 Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 7.71) vs. Jon Niese (0-1, 3.68)
Sat: Roy Halladay (4-1, 1.80) vs. Mike Pelfrey (4-0, 0.69)
Sun: Jamie Moyer (2-2, 5.25) vs. Johan Santana (3-1, 2.08)

 7:05 pm; CSN
Sat: 3:10 pm; FOX
Sun: 8:05; ESPN

Hot (last 7 games): No one.
Not (last 7 games): Everyone

Player to watch: David Wright. Wright has appeared to have found his stroke, something the Mets have been waiting for him to find. He’s a great hitter and regarded as one of the best third basemen in the game. It could be a problem for the Phillies if he gets hot, especially with Moyer and Kendrick pitching. His .438 OBP is exceptional but he has struck out 25 times already this year. It will be an interesting series for him indeed.

Series overview: The Mets are coming off of a sweep of the Dodgers and are currently on a seven-game winning streak… The Phillies offense woke up on Wednesday and are hoping that carries over into this series, especially Ryan Howard… Pelfrey has been phenomenal for the Mets… The Mets are currently in first place and it’s the first time since the Phillies have not been in first since May of last year… Phillies sweep based on the fact I hate the Mets.