Thursday, September 20, 2012

Recap: Game 148 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Get Edjin'd Out, Losing Continues at Citi 3-2

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
Philadelphia (75-74) «100000002330
N.Y. Mets (66-82)001001000290
W: J. Horst (2-0) L: J. Edgin (1-2)
S: J. Papelbon (36)
HR: PHI - J. Rollins (22),R. Howard (11)   NYM - D. Wright (18)

Philadelphia turned to one of its mainstays to keep its tenuous playoff hopes alive.

Ryan Howard answered the call in a big way.

Howard's two-out, two-run home run in the top of the ninth turned a crippling defeat into a necessary victory, as the Phillies downed the New York Mets, 3-2, in the second contest of a three-game set at Citi Field.

Chase Utley worked a two-out walk against Josh Edgin (1-2) then Howard crushed a belt-high fastball high into the night. It finally landed just above the facade of the upper deck in right to give the Phillies the lead. The home run made a winner of Jeremy Horst (2-0) and Jonathan Papelbon navigated the ninth for his 36th save.

Before Howard's heroics, the game belonged to Mets starter Matt Harvey, who surrendered only Jimmy Rollins' leadoff home run and three walks along with seven strikeouts in seven innings. The rally also moved the Phillies past the Pittsburgh Pirates and into fifth place in the National League wild card standings, 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second wild card berth. The Cardinals are currently hosting Houston.

Cole Hamels kept the Phillies in the game with six solid frames, surrendering two runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk. He reached the 200- strikeout milestone in the fifth, but failed to reach 15 wins in the process, a mark he achieved in 2007.

David Wright hit a solo home run in the sixth, while Ruben Tejada finished with three hits. Scott Hairston and Ike Davis finished with two hits apiece for the Mets, who lost their fourth straight game.

The cool game-time temperature and breeze blowing in toward home plate didn't bother Rollins in the first. The Phillies leadoff hitter jumped on a fastball, driving the game's fifth pitch just over the wall in right field to give the visitors an early lead.

All was quiet for Hamels until he ran into two-out issues in the third. Tejada slapped his second straight single to left, stole second and took advantage of Juan Pierre's poor arm to score on Daniel Murphy's base hit to left.

Hamels gave up a pair of hits -- Hairston's double and Davis' infield single -- to start the fourth, but he struck out the next two batters and induced a fly out off Andres Torres' bat to escape any damage.

The Mets took the lead in the sixth, as Wright showcased his strength, blasting a 400-foot shot against the wind to the opposite field in right- center for his 27th career home run against the Phillies.

New York was in search of some insurance in the eighth, loading the bases with one out, but Torres grounded into a double play to end the threat.

That proved costly after Howard's long blast in the ninth, his first home run off a left-handed relief pitcher all season. It was also Howard's first career go-ahead home run with two outs in the ninth inning.

Game Notes

Murphy has a MLB-leading 24 hits against Philadelphia this season ... The make-up game from Tuesday's rainout will take place Thursday with Tyler Cloyd on the mound for the Phillies against Jeremy Hefner for the Mets ... Howard's home run was his 11th of the season and his first in September ... Howard was also hitless in his last 18 at-bats versus lefties prior to the home run.

Box Score:

Jimmy Rollins SS311100111.253
Juan Pierre LF300000000.310
  Ty Wigginton PH100000001.233
  Jonathan Papelbon P000000000.000
Chase Utley 2B310000010.256
Ryan Howard 1B411200102.225
Carlos Ruiz C300000012.328
Domonic Brown RF-LF300000003.241
John Mayberry CF301000000.258
Kevin Frandsen 3B200000010.331
Cole Hamels P200000002.231
  Antonio Bastardo P000000000.000
  Justin De Fratus P000000000.000
  Laynce Nix PH100000001.257
  Phillippe Aumont P000000000.000
  Jeremy Horst P000000000.000
  Nate Schierholtz RF000000000.239
Ruben Tejada SS513000001.289
Daniel Murphy 2B401100011.294
David Wright 3B511100102.309
Scott Hairston RF302010000.264
Ike Davis 1B402000001.225
Kelly Shoppach C400000003.232
Lucas Duda LF200000012.245
  Justin Turner PH000000010.278
  Jason Bay LF000000000.154
Andres Torres CF400000001.221
Matt Harvey P200000002.333
  Ronny Cedeno PH100000001.269
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Jordany Valdespin PH100000001.243

LOB_Philadelphia 2, NY Mets 10. 2B_S.Hairston. HR_J.Rollins (22) off M.Harvey, R.Howard (11) off J.Edgin, D.Wright (18) off C.Hamels. SB_R.Tejada (3), S.Hairston (8). GIDP_J.Pierre, J.Mayberry, A.Torres. DP_Philadelphia 1 (C.Utley, J.Rollins and R.Howard); NY Mets 2 (R.Tejada, D.Murphy and I.Davis), (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and I.Davis).

Cole Hamels6.06221101110-703.05
Antonio Bastardo0.200012018-94.56
Justin De Fratus0.10000107-60.00
Phillippe Aumont0.120001011-94.82
Jeremy Horst (W 2-0)0.20001009-41.11
Jonathan Papelbon (S 36)1.01000109-82.37
Matt Harvey7.0111371112-692.73
Bobby Parnell (H 17)1.010002013-92.87
Josh Edgin (L 1-2;B 2)0.212212118-123.86
Jon Rauch0.10000104-32.91

HBP_by C.Hamels (S.Hairston).
T_3:18. A_21741.
Umpires_Home,Bob Davidson; First, Brian Gorman; Second, Tony Randazzo; Third, Todd Tichenor.
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