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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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NL Demolishes AL in All-Star Romp

KANSAS CITY — The lineup was more dominant on paper. The pitching was more dominant on paper. And they had the crowd to their back.

Unfortunately for the American League, the National League stole the show in KC. Backed by a bases-clearing triple in the 1st by Pablo Sandoval, the NL squashed AL starting pitcher Justin Verlander en route to an 8-0 shutout win in KC, guaranteeing homefield advantage for the NL team in the World Series.

Sandoval crushed a 1-1 offering from Verlander with the bases loaded, giving the NL a 4-0 lead and blowing the game wide open only two outs in.

The Phillies featured three participants in the Midsummer Classic.

Carlos Ruiz caught for R.A. Dickey in the 6th, Cole Hamels in the 7th, Craig Kimbrel in the 8th and Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th. He had one plate appearance, flying out.

Hamels pitched a perfect 7th inning and Papelbon pitched the final out in the 9th inning, hugging Ruiz as the NL celebrated it’s third straight win of the All-Star Game.


Wright Walks-Off Papelbon In 9th

Mets 6, Phillies 5
WP – Bobby Parnell (2-1, 2.91)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (2-3, 3.45)

CORONA, NY — The Phillies were able to get to R.A. Dickey but the Mets were able to get to Jonathan Papelbon.

The Phillies closer was enable to hold a one-run lead in the 9th, surrendering the tying and winning runs in the Phillies 6-5 loss to the Mets.

It was the second blown save for Papelbon, who allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in 2/3 of the 9th inning.

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Phils Baffled By Knuckler Again

Mets starter R.A. Dickey foils the Phils with his knuckleball. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The amazing story of R.A. Dickey is definitely one worth reading (shameless Dickey autobiography plug).

That story, circa 2012, makes its first trip to Philadelphia of the season and he made his presence known with that flutter ball of his. Dickey used his knuckleball effectively through seven innings, shutting down the Phillies in the Mets 5-2 win.

Dickey’s only mistake came against Freddy Galvis, who hit his first career home run in the 3rd inning. Other than that, Dickey cruised through seven allowing nine hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Dickey got all the offense he needed in the 1st inning, and it came at the expense of Cliff Lee.

Leading off the game with back-to-back doubles was Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. With Murphy on second, Jason Bay crushed a ball to right center to make it 3-0 in favor of the Mets.

Lee’s night was done after seven, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out seven.

2B: Rollins (1). HR: Galvis (1).

WP: Dickey (2-0). LP: Lee (0-1).


Mets sweep in doubleheader

The Phillies losing streak dropped to eight games, a feat they haven’t managed since the 2000 Phillies.

Yea, this streak is on par with THAT era of Phillies baseball. The Mets jumped all over a five-run 3rd inning in which all five runs were unearned thanks to a Hunter Pence error and the Mets went on to win the night cap, 6-3.

The Phils got three runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings on RBI singles by Wilson Valdez and Jimmy Rollins and an RBI double by Ross Gload respectively. But the misplay by Pence set up the Mets’ five runs in the 3rd.

2B: Gload 2 (8), Utley (21).

WP: Gee (13-6). LP: Herndon (1-4). S: Acosta (4).

Game 1: Phils drop 7th straight

Mets Valentino Pascucci hits a game-tying pinch hit homer in the 7th off Cole Hamels. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

If anyone should be frustrated, it should be the Phillies pitching right now.

Cole Hamels had another one of his stellar starts wasted, this time at a point in the season where the Phillies can’t afford to be falling asleep at the plate. The Mets came from behind and won, 2-1, cancelling out another stellar start from Hamels.

Mets starter R.A. Dickey took a no-hitter into the 7th inning before Shane Victorino’s one-out double broke it up. Ryan Howard drove in the go-ahead run to make it 1-0. But the lead vanished in the bottom half when pinch-hitter Valentino Pacucci hit a game-tying solo shot off Hamels.

The Mets tacked on one more in the 8th when David Wright’s RBI double proved to be the winning hit.

All of that vanished Hamels’ seven innings of one-run ball. He scattered four hits and a walk throughout his start, striking out seven.

Phillies’ 7-game losing streak also is the longest in history after a team won its 98th game. 1904 Giants lost 6 straight after winning 104.

2B: Victorino (25).

WP: Parnell (4-6). LP: Lidge (0-2). S: Acosta (3).

Phils open 2nd half with bang

John Mayberry hits a two-run single in the 2nd inning off Mets starter R.A. Dickey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Phillies took a five-day hiatus with the All-Star Break. But the layoff didn’t seem to phase John Mayberry, Jr.

The 27-year-old, fresh off a four-RBI day last Sunday, drove in five runs in the Phils 7-2 win over the Mets to start the second half of the season.

Mayberry is trying to keep himself on the big league club for good this time. If he keeps up this type of production, he will do just that.

Mayberry got the offense going for the Phils in the 2nd. With the bases juiced and one out, he ripped a single up the middle to score two runs and give the Phils a 2-0 lead. They added one more in the inning on a ground out by starting pitcher Vance Worley.

With the Phils holding a 4-1 lead in the 8th, Mayberry brought the boom one more time, putting the Mets away for good. With the bases loaded once again, Mayberry smoked his 10th double of the season to left field, clearing the bases and blowing the game open, 7-1.

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Series Preview: New York Mets

PHI: 3-0; NYM: 2-1
When: April 5-7
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00) vs. Chris Young (0-0, 0.00)

Wednesday: Joe Blanton (0-0, 0.00) vs. Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 10.38)
Thursday: Roy Halladay (0-0, 1.50) vs. Jon Niese (0-0, 2.57)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, MyPHL 17

Wednesday, 7:05, TCN
Thursday, 3:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

The Mets may have a special player in catcher Josh Thole. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Player to Watch – C Josh Thole: There is something about Thole that I really like with New York. He’s only 24 and is filled with an incredible amount of potential – maybe not a Joe Mauer or Buster Posey-like potential but more on the line of Baltimore’s Matt Weiters.

Thole had a nice start to the season, batting .444 (4-for-9) with a double and RBI. Batting in the eight-hole for New York, the Mets are hoping for a Chooch-like spark out of the left-hander who hit .277 last season in 73 games.

Overview: The most heated rivalry in the division is still alive despite the Mets being such a terrible baseball team.

But the Mets are 2-1, the closest to above .500 they will probably see all season. They are also throwing two of their best pitchers out at the Phillies.

Jon Niese has the ability to keep New York in the game against Roy Halladay on Thursday. He’s the best pitcher the Mets have this season and has been strong against the Phillies so far in his career. In three starts, he’s 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA whiles striking out 20 in 21 innings. His WHIP is a very nice 1.14, but he averages 2.5 walks per nine innings, meaning he can have control problems if the Phils are patient.

The Phillies are very fortunate to not be seeing knuckle-baller R.A. Dickey this series. He’s one of the young, promising pitchers in the bigs who won’t be a staff ace but will be a very reliable #2/3 to keep opponents off-balanced during a series.

On the offensive side of the ball, New York has some young weapons such as catcher Thole and first baseman Ike Davis along with veteran short stop Jose Reyes and third baseman David Wright. Reyes, like the Phils Jimmy Rollins, is incredibly dangerous – as a fielder, hitter and base runner –  when healthy and in a zone. Left fielder Jason Bay still hasn’t lived up to his contract.

The Mets are not looking at a promising season as their bull pen is terrible, the offense is filled with holes with the exception of three, maybe four hitters and their starting pitching is really lacking without Johan Santana.

Phillies Win 11th Straight

The starting pitching has kept up its great play as the season winds down. Joe Blanton kept the Mets at bay as the Phillies beat New York, 3-2, Friday night.

With the Braves’ 8-3 loss to Washington, the Phillies’ magic number dropped to two games. A win tomorrow and another Braves loss will win them their fourth straight division.

Blanton went seven innings while allowing two runs on six hits, one walk, and six strike outs. Brad Lidge pitched the ninth to record his fourth save in as many games and 27th of the year.

Shane Victorino led-off the bottom of the first with a solo homer to left. They again scored in the second to make it 2-0 thanks to Victorino again on an RBI double.

After the Mets tied it up in the fourth on a two-run homer by Angel Pagan, Carlos Ruiz hit an RBI single to make it a 3-2 game.

R.A. Dickey was very good for New York, allowing three runs, two earned off eight hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings.

2B: Victorino (25). HR: Victorino (18).

WP: Blanton (8-6). LP: Dickey (11-8). S: Lidge (27)


Series Preview: Mets

PHI: 92-61, 1st in NL East
NYM: 74-68, 4th in NL East
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable pitchers
Fri: R.A. Dickey (11-7, 2.92) vs. Joe Blanton (7-6, 5.04)
Sat: Dillon Gee (1-1, 1.80) vs. Cole Hamels (12-10, 2.93)
Sun: Pat Misch (0-4, 4.44) vs. Roy Halladay (20-10, 2.53)

Fri: 7:05; CSN
Sat: 7:05; MyPHL 17
Sun: 1:35; MyPHL 17
All radio on 1020 AM

Hot (last 7) – Jayson Werth: .400 (10-for-25), 10 R, 4 HR, 10 RBIs, 6 BB, 3 K.

Why are you fist-pumping, Jose? You're team stinks.

Player to Watch – Jose Reyes: It’s one last time this year fans will get to boo the most hated Met in the last 10 years. Reyes is a gamer though despite having a slightly of year by his standards. Reyes is batting .284 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs, all pretty well off his capabilities. It may be time to think that Reyes’ best years are behind him as he’s had health issues and is a liability to the Mets, who need a desperate make over to be a contender.

Series overview: It’s the final home series for the Phillies before the playoffs. And fittingly enough, it could end having a celebration as early as Saturday. With the Phils magic number now at four games, two more wins and two more Braves losses will give the Phils their fourth straight NL East title.

The Phillies are riding a 10-game winning streak and have nine games to play. If they can go 6-3 in their final series against the Mets, in Washington, and in Atlanta, they will have the third winningest season in franchise history. If they win out, ending the season on a 19-game winning streak, they will tie the 1976 and 1977 teams with the most wins in club history.

Since July 28, the Phils are 44-15, a winning percentage of .746. In the month of September, they are 18-3, by far the best September record in baseball. They are the hottest team in baseball and arguably the best.

The Phillies are 53-28 at home and New York is 30-48 on the road.

The Phils are skipping Kyle Kendrick’s start in order to line up their rotation against the Braves in the finals series. As scheduled, Joe Blanton will pitch Friday. Heavy B has been up and down in September, posting 4.37 in four starts. He hasn’t lost a start since July 21, a span of 11 starts. Facing him is R.A. Dickey, another goofy knuckle-baller who actually has a decent fastball. Dickey has screwed up the Phillies twice before but the Phillies bested him in one game, drilling him for six runs in three innings.

Cole Hamels will pitch Saturday in place of Kendrick. Hamels has been absolutely untouchable. In his last five starts, Hamels has allowed only two runs in 36 2/3 innings pitched, an ERA of 0.49. He’s facing Dillon Gee, another pitcher the Phillies have never seen before. This could spell trouble for the offense as they have a hard time adjusting to first-time meetings.

Roy Halladay will likely take the hill on Sunday on Fan Appreciation Day. Facing Pat Misch, he will go for win no. 21 as he tries to win himself his first NL Cy Young award.

Dickey Tosses One-Hitter

Is there a pitcher that gets less run support than Cole Hamels?  Once again the Phillies offense failed to show up in support of their star pitcher.  Hamels pitched another great game only giving up one run over eight innings of work.  The Phillies were one hit by Mets starter R.A. Dickey in a 1-0 loss Friday night.

Cole Hamels pitched another stellar game for the Phillies but still ended up in the loss column.  Hamels pitched eight strong innings of one run ball with two walks and eight strikeouts.  The lone run resulted from an RBI double by Carlos Beltran in the sixth inning.  It was the second consecutive 1-0 loss that Hamels suffered at the hands of the Mets.  Hamels rarely sees run support from his offense.  In his last 10 starts, he has only received four decisions only one of them being a win.  This loss drops his record 7-9 on the year but has lowered his ERA to 3.33 on the season.

The Phillies offense has non-existant tonight.  Dickey pitched a complete game one-hit shutout and stifled hitters all night long.  The only Phillies hit was recorded by Hamels.  He was trying to support his own cause since nobody else seemed to want to.  The knuckleballer Dickey had the Phillies hitters off balance all night on his way to a seven strikeout performance.  It’s very perplexing since the Phillies dominated Dickey last Sunday and chased him from the game early.  They made Dickey look like a Cy Young type pitcher with tonight’s performance.

Citi Field hasn’t been kind to the Phillies so far this season.  They have been shutout in four consecutive games, failing to score in the last 36 innings.  It was the second time this season that a Phillies pitcher threw a complete game and still ended up with the loss.  The same fate happened to Roy Halladay on May 18th against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  It just seems to be a recurring theme with the lack of run support for Hamels.  He has pitched outstanding this season and has proved that he has regained his ace form.  The Phillies should stand a better chance in tomorrow’s contest with Roy Halladay taking the hill against recalled Mets pitcher Pat Misch.  Let’s hope the offense shows up for that one.

WP: Dickey (8-5). LP: Hamels (7-9).