Thursday, July 05, 2012

Recap: Game 82 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Get Shelled 9-2, Lee Wins 1st Game

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Philadelphia (37-46) «0000003339120
N.Y. Mets (44-38)000110000270

W: C. Lee (1-5) L: C. Young (2-2)
HR: PHI - C. Utley (2),C. Ruiz (13),T. Wigginton (9)   NYM - S. Hairston (11)


It was a heck of a way to celebrate the Fourth of July for Cliff Lee, Not the Mets.

Snakebitten for nearly three months, Lee threw eight strong innings Wednesday for his first win of the season while Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz provided the fireworks with back-to-back homers as the Phillies routed the Mets, 9-2.

Lee (1-5) got his first win in his 14th start to end a drought that went back to his final outing of 2011, on Sept. 26. He struck out nine and gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk.

The Phillies had 12 hits and three homers -- Ty Wigginton also went deep -- to rebound from an 11-1 loss in the opener of the three-game series and snap a six-game losing streak. They also ended a seven-game slide on the road.

Chris Young (2-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits in seven innings. Scott Hairston homered for the Mets, who lost for the second time in seven games.

The Phillies won for the first time in Lee's last six starts -- since beating the Mets on May 30.

"I did my job effectively, gave my team a chance to win and we won," said Lee. "To me that's the main thing. That's always what I try to do. Today I was successful."

Lee couldn't dodge fellow starters Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels as they rushed to pour Gatorade on his back during an on-field interview after the game -- a celebration normally fit for something like a perfect game or shutout, not a measly win.

But this was a long time coming.

The lefty threw 86 of his 116 pitches for strikes, dropped his ERA from 4.13 before the game to 3.98 after it, and was pulled out of an early 2-0 hole by his offense after a slow start.

Indeed, the first 10 Phillies were retired in order until Juan Pierre's single in the fourth. Young gave up two hits and faced just one batter over the minimum through six innings before giving up the lead.

Pierre singled again leading off the seventh and Utley followed with a liner over the right-field wall for his second homer since coming off the disabled list last week.

Ruiz homered to left field two pitches later, his 13th, to make it 3-2.

"I just didn't execute a couple pitches and they got away from me," said Young.

The Phillies then pushed their lead to 6-2 in the eighth inning against three relievers after Young came out of the game.

John Mayberry led off with a single against Miguel Batista and Lee moved him up with a sacrifice bunt off Tim Byrdak. Jimmy Rollins scored Mayberry with a ground-rule double, snapping an 0-for-18 drought, and Ruiz and Hunter Pence later hit RBI singles off Jeremy Hefner.

Mayberry scored when Rollins grounded into a fielder's choice in the ninth and Wigginton belted his ninth homer of the season to left for the 9-2 lead.

Earlier, Hairston belted an 0-2 fastball over the left-field wall for his 11th homer of the season and a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. The Mets made it 2-0 after back-to-back-to-back singles from Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and David Wright in the fifth.

Game Notes

The Phillies will start Hamels (10-4) Thursday against red-hot knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (12-1), who went 5-0 in June with a 0.93 ERA. Both pitchers were named to the NL All-Star team... The Mets fell to 7-4 in the season series. They recalled infielder Jordany Valdespin and right-hander Pedro Beato from Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday, designated lefty Justin Hampson for assignment and optioned righty Jeremy Hefner to Buffalo...The Phillies are 1-4 on a six-game road trip, including a sweep in Miami.

Box Score:

Jimmy Rollins SS521210000.255
Juan Pierre LF312000000.322
  Ty Wigginton PH-1B121200110.249
Chase Utley 2B511200100.273
Carlos Ruiz C412200100.357
Hunter Pence RF402100001.288
Shane Victorino CF400000000.248
Placido Polanco 3B401000000.270
John Mayberry 1B-LF421000002.227
Cliff Lee P200000000.214
  Jason Pridie PH101000000.500
  Jonathan Papelbon P000000000.000
Ruben Tejada SS412010000.331
Daniel Murphy 2B401000001.288
David Wright 3B401100002.350
Scott Hairston LF411100101.254
Lucas Duda RF301000011.256
Ike Davis 1B401000001.200
Andres Torres CF400000001.201
Mike Nickeas C300000002.176
  Josh Thole PH100000000.272
Chris Young P200000000.125
  Ronny Cedeno PH100000000.259
  Miguel Batista P000000000.000
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Jeremy Hefner P000000000.333

LOB_Philadelphia 3, NY Mets 6. 2B_J.Rollins, R.Tejada. HR_C.Utley (2) off C.Young, C.Ruiz (13) off C.Young, T.Wigginton (9) off J.Hefner, S.Hairston (11) off C.Lee. S_C.Lee. SB_J.Pierre (20). GIDP_P.Polanco. DP_NY Mets 1 (D.Wright, D.Murphy and I.Davis).

Cliff Lee (W 1-5)8.0722191116-863.98
Jonathan Papelbon1.00000009-62.93
Chris Young (L 2-2)7.053303281-573.41
Miguel Batista0.01110001-14.19
Tim Byrdak0.212210020-123.80
Jeremy Hefner1.153300129-205.64

M.Batista pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

IBB_off T.Byrdak (T.Wigginton).
T_2:39. A_28687.
Umpires_Home,Tim Timmons; First, Jeff Kellogg; Second, Eric Cooper; Third, Marty Foster.
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