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Showing posts with label Phillies at Mets. Show all posts

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Recap: Game 23 - Phillies (5) at Mets (1) - Howard Dooms Mets Off Bench, Phils Sweep Series


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Philadelphia (12-14)«000010310590
N.Y. Mets (10-13)100000000133

W: C. Hamels (1-3) L: J. Niese (2-2)
HR: PHI - F. Galvis (3)   NYM - None

Recap:
Given new life, the Philadelphia Phillies capitalized and wrapped up a three-game sweep over the New York Mets with a 5-1 win at Citi Field.

The Phillies strung together four straight hits with two outs in the top of the seventh inning after New York catcher John Buck dropped a Laynce Nix pop up behind the plate.

Nix, pinch-hitting for starting pitcher Cole Hamels, wound up ripping a single to left field. Jimmy Rollins followed with another base hit off New York starter Jon Niese (2-2), who was removed after having thrown 117 pitches.

The right-handed throwing Scott Atchison took over on the mound and Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel countered New York skipper Terry Collins' move by having Ryan Howard pinch hit for Kevin Frandsen.

Howard wasn't in the starting lineup because of his struggles against the southpaw Niese. He has just one hit in 15 at-bats with seven strikeouts.

Ahead 2-0 in the count, Howard drove Atchison's offering to deep center field for a two-run double that broke a 1-1 tie. He then scored on a Chase Utley single to make it 4-1.

The outburst enabled Hamels to earn his elusive first win of the season.

John Mayberry, Jr. added an RBI double in the eighth for the Phillies, who have won six straight at Citi Field and nine of the last 10 games overall against the Mets.

It wasn't the sharpest outing for Hamels (1-3), who matched a career high with six walks. He did, however, record eight strikeouts and held New York to a pair of first-inning hits that produced a run.

The Mets mustered only one more hit in the game.

Ruben Tejada doubled twice for New York, which has lost a season-high four consecutive games.

The Mets committed two errors in the opening frame, including the first one by third baseman David Wright in 78 games. Wright's misplay allowed Philadelphia to load the bases with two outs. Niese, though, retired Domonic Brown on a fielder's choice.

New York got on the board when Tejada led off the bottom of the inning with a double and scored on Wright's one-out single.

Hamels struggled with his command in the fourth, but struck out Niese looking after walking the bases loaded.

Freddy Galvis golfed a leadoff home run to left field off Niese to tie things up in the fifth.

Game Notes

Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz went 1-for-4 in his season debut. Ruiz was reinstated from the restricted list Sunday after missing the first 25 games of the season while serving a suspension for a banned amphetamine. To make room for Ruiz, the Phillies designated veteran catcher Humberto Quintero for assignment ... Howard has 10 RBI over his last five games and extended his hitting streak to 10 games ... Niese, making his 100th career start, allowed five hits and walked one.

Box Score:

Today's Starting Lineups - Game 23 - Phillies at Mets


Today's Starting Lineups -  Game 23 - Phillies at Mets


Mets
  1. Ruben Tejada, ss
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. John Buck, c
  5. Lucas Duda, lf
  6. Marlon Byrd, rf
  7. Ike Davis, 1b
  8. Juan Lagares, cf
  9. Jonathon Niese, lhp

Phillies
  1. Jimmy Rollins, ss
  2. Kevin Frandsen, 1b
  3. Chase Utley, 2b
  4. Michael Young, 3b
  5. Carlos Ruiz, c
  6. Domonic Brown, rf
  7. John Mayberry Jr., cf
  8. Freddy Galvis, lf
  9. Cole Hamels, lhp

Preview: Game 23 - Phillies at Mets - Hamels vs Niese


Philadelphia Phillies (11-14) at New York Mets (10-12) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
C. Hamels (L) 5 0-3 5.406.10-14.914/23PITL8.0720-121.02.57
J. Niese (L) 5 2-1 3.815.21-02.404/23LADND2.1311-113.15.40

Preview:
The Philadelphia Phillies have won five straight games at Citi Field. Cole Hamels hopes the recent good fortunes in Flushing can rub off on him as he searches for his first victory of 2013.

A 17-game winner last year, Hamels has struggled to get run support. The Phillies have totaled just four runs in the last three games he's started. Most recently Hamels threw eight innings in a 2-0 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday.

Hamels, who is just 5-10 with a 4.33 ERA in 21 starts against the Mets, may be throwing to a familiar face on Sunday, as catcher Carlos Ruiz was activated from the restricted list.

Ruiz had been suspended for the first 25 games following a positive banned stimulant test in the offseason.

"The last two years, he's come into his own as a hitter," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's gonna help us offensively. Gonna give us some different options in our lineup."

Ruiz enjoyed a career year last season, hitting .325 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI.

Jonathon Niese, meanwhile, left his last start Tuesday against the Dodgers after being hit by a batted ball on his right leg. He departed after 2 1/3 innings. The lefty is 5-5 with a 3.63 ERA in 13 games when facing the Phillies.

Yesterday, Domonic Brown and John Mayberry, Jr. clubbed back-to-back homers to highlight a five-run fifth inning that helped lift the Phillies to a 9-4 win.

Ryan Howard drove in two runs for the Phillies, while starter Jonathan Pettibone (1-0) picked up his first major league win in his second career start. Pettibone gave up three runs on seven hits and walked two in five innings.

"It seems to me when he fell behind he made pretty good pitches and got out of it," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "When he got ahead in the count he was having some problems."

David Wright went 2-for-4 with one RBI for New York, which was shut down by Kyle Kendrick in Friday's series opener, managing just three hits -- all singles -- in a 4-0 loss.

Shaun Marcum (0-1) came off the 15-day disabled list to make his Mets debut against the Phillies. Signed to a one-year contract in January, Marcum had been sidelined with a neck injury.

The right-hander departed after four frames, replaced by Robert Carson with the Mets down 3-2.

"I felt like I had a lot more left in me," Marcum said of his short outing.

The Phillies have won nine of their last 12 at Citi Field.

Recap: Game 22 - Phillies(9) at Mets (4) - Mets get shelled


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N.Y. Mets (10-12)010110001481

W: J. Pettibone (1-0) L: S. Marcum (0-1)
HR: PHI - D. Brown (3),J. Mayberry (2)   NYM - J. Buck (8)

Recap:
Domonic Brown and John Mayberry, Jr. clubbed back-to-back homers to highlight a five-run fifth inning that helped lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-4 win over the New York Mets in the middle test of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Ryan Howard drove in two runs for the Phillies, while starter Jonathan Pettibone (1-0) picked up his first major league win in his second career start. Pettibone gave up three runs on seven hits and walked two in five innings.

"It seems to me when he fell behind he made pretty good pitches and got out of it," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "When he got ahead in the count he was having some problems."

David Wright went 2-for-4 with one RBI for New York, which was shut down by Kyle Kendrick in Friday's series opener, managing just three hits -- all singles -- in a 4-0 loss.

Shaun Marcum (0-1) came off the 15-day disabled list to make his Mets debut against the Phillies. Signed to a one-year contract in January, Marcum had been sidelined with a neck injury.

The right-hander departed after four frames, replaced by Robert Carson with the Mets down 3-2.

"I felt like I had a lot more left in me," Marcum said of his short outing.

Jimmy Rollins greeted the New York reliever with a leadoff double, and things only got worse for Carson.

After Michael Young worked a one-out walk, Howard singled home Rollins before Brown launched a three-run blast to right-center field. Mayberry drove Carson's next pitch over the left-field wall.

Wright brought home Ruben Tejada with a double in the bottom of the fifth, but the Phillies regained their six-run cushion on Laynce Nix's RBI single two innings later. Nix's two-out hit scored Young, who had led off with a single and advanced to third when right fielder Mike Baxter dropped a ball hit by Howard.

John Buck's leadoff homer off Jeremy Horst in the ninth was the only hit New York mustered against the Philadelphia bullpen.

Back-to-back two-out doubles by Ike Davis and Jordany Valdespin gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the second.

Philadelphia then tagged Marcum for three runs in the third. Pettibone opened the frame with his first big league hit and scored the tying run on a ground- rule double to left-center by Chase Utley.

Rollins, who matched Pettibone with a base hit, then scored on a wild pitch. Utley took third on the errant offering and hustled home on Howard's sacrifice fly to left.

The Mets threatened to put up a crooked number, loading the bases with nobody out in the fourth. Pettibone, however, limited the damage to one run on a Davis sac fly.

Game Notes

The Phillies' nine runs were a season high ... Howard now has a nine-game hitting streak ... Young finished with three hits ... Philadelphia has won five straight at Citi Field ... To make room for Marcum, who allowed five hits and walked two, the Mets optioned pitcher Josh Edgin to Double-A Binghamton.

Box Score:

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 22


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 22

Mets
  1. Mike Baxter, rf
  2. Ruben Tejada, ss
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  4. David Wright, 3b
  5. Lucas Duda, lf
  6. John Buck, c
  7. Ike Davis, 1b
  8. Jordany Valdespin, cf
  9. Shaun Marcum, rhp

Preview: Game 22 - Phillies at Mets - Pettibone vs Marcum


Philadelphia Phillies (10-14) at New York Mets (10-11) 1:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
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J. Pettibone (R) 1 0-0 3.385.10-00.004/22PITND5.1620-05.13.38
S. Marcum (R) 0 0-0 0.005.20-00.003/16--ND0.0000-00.00.00

Preview:
Shaun Marcum comes off the disabled list to make his New York Mets debut on Saturday in the resumption of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies and their rookie starter.

Marcum, who went 7-4 in 21 games for the Brewers last season, was signed as a free agent by the Mets. The right-hander has been on the DL with a neck strain. He's 2-1 in five career games against the Phillies.

Jonathan Pettibone will try to follow up Kyle Kendrick's gem Friday night when he counters on the hill for the Phillies. Pettibone, a 22-year-old righty, made his major league debut Monday and threw 5 1/3 strong innings on a no- decision versus Pittsburgh. He fanned six in that span.

Recap: Game 21 - Phillies (3) at Mets (0) - Kendrick shuts down Mets, Gee falls to 1-4


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N.Y. Mets (10-11)000000000030

W: K. Kendrick (2-1) L: D. Gee (1-4)
HR: PHI - R. Howard (3)   NYM - None

Recap:
Kyle Kendrick went the distance on a three- hitter for his second career shutout, and Ryan Howard belted a three-run homer in Philadelphia's 4-0 win over the New York Mets.

Kendrick (2-1) walked one and had five strikeouts for his third career complete game. He threw 73 of his 107 pitches for strikes.

"I really just wanted to get strike one," Kendrick said. "Most of the night I was able to do that."

Michael Young had an RBI single for the Phillies, who snapped a three-game skid.

Dillon Gee (1-4) allowed seven hits and all four runs for the Mets, who lost their second in a row.

Laynce Nix doubled to start the third inning when Mets right fielder Mike Baxter lost the ball in the lights, but Gee retired the next three batters.

Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley singled to start the sixth to put runners at the corners. Young followed with a single to left field, and Howard then got hold of a 1-1 pitch and deposited it over the wall in right-center field for his third homer of the year.

"I felt pretty good tonight," Gee said. "I felt in control, then all of a sudden I just had three balls I wish I could have back. It would be a different story."

Kendrick was cruising along. The right-hander retired 10 in a row until pinch- hitter Justin Turner singled with two outs in the eighth inning. Baxter then flied out to center.

Kendrick had a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close the opener of this three-game series.

Game Notes

The game was delayed nine minutes in the first inning because home plate umpire Brian O'Nora left due to flu-like symptoms. The contest then resumed with three umpires. First base umpire Adrian Johnson moved behind home plate ... Kendrick is 7-7 in 20 games (14 starts) lifetime against the Mets ... The Phillies have won each of their last four games at Citi Field and eight of their last 11 (dating to the 2011 season) ... Kendrick defeated the Mets, 7-3, on April 10 by throwing six innings.

Box Score:

Friday, April 26, 2013

Preview: Game 21 - Phillies at Mets - Kendrick vs Gee


Philadelphia Phillies (9-14) at New York Mets (10-10) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
K. Kendrick (R) 4 1-1 3.285.10-00.004/21STLND6.0821-019.01.89
D. Gee (R) 4 1-3 5.956.01-10.754/21WSHW5.2301-213.18.10

Preview:
The last time Dillon Gee squared off against the NL East- rival Philadelphia Phillies he was hammered in just three innings of work.

The New York Mets hope it will be different this time around on Friday when they send Gee to the mound in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Gee tossed a season-low three innings in an 8-3 loss in south Philly on April 8 and was hammered for seven runs and 10 hits. He was tagged for three home runs that day, struck out two and did not walk a batter. Gee, who lost his first three starts of the season, has walked batters in three of his four outings.

A 21st-round draft pick of the Mets in 2007, Gee ended his losing streak the last time out in a 2-0 win over Washington on Sunday. The right-hander hurled 5 2/3 shutout innings, struck out six and scattered three hits. The win lifted Gee's record to 1-3 with a 5.95 earned run average.

"I'm just happy to finally contribute to a win," Gee said. "That's the truth. We needed to step it up. It's been really eating away at me the past few weeks, not going out there and doing my job."

Gee has made seven career appearances (6 starts) against the Phillies and is 2-2 with a lofty 7.75 ERA in 33 2/3 innings.

The Mets will need Gee to pitch as well as Jeremy Hefner did in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hefner did not record a decision when he held the visiting Dodgers to a run and three hits in seven innings.

It was the bullpen that blew it.

With the score even at 1-1 heading into the top of the ninth, Nick Punto led off with a double and one out later Matt Kemp was intentionally walked for good reason because of his power. Andre Ethier, though, made the Mets pay with an ensuing RBI single and Kemp later came around to score when Juan Uribe reached on an infield hit.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Pittiful Recap: Game 149 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Get Shelled 16-1


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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Philadelphia (76-74) «80000001716210
N.Y. Mets (66-83)000010000130
 
W: T. Cloyd (2-1) L: J. Hefner (2-7)
HR: PHI - R. Howard (12)   NYM - M. Baxter (3)

Pittiful Recap:
The Phillies brought 13 hitters to the plate and scored eight runs during a 33-minute first inning en route to thumping the New York Mets, 16-1, and finishing off a three-game sweep at Citi Field.

Jimmy Rollins, Juan Pierre and Chase Utley combined for 11 hits, eight RBI and six runs scored to help keep the Phillies within four games of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card spot.

"We didn't have things go the way we wanted them to go in Houston," Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard said. "Four down, the only thing we can do is continue to win and let everything else sort itself out."

Jeremy Hefner (2-7) did not record an out, becoming the Mets' first starter who failed to do so since John Maine in 2010. He allowed the Phillies' first seven batters to reach base on six hits and a walk, with each runner scoring.

Making the fifth start of his career, Tyler Cloyd (2-1) pitched excellent behind plenty of run support. The right-hander spun eight innings, scattering just three hits and one run while striking out six to earn the victory.

The Mets, who fell to 4-24 at home since the All-Star break, didn't get their second hit of the game until the fifth inning, when Mike Baxter hit a homer.

"Obviously we aren't hitting," Mets first baseman Ike Davis said. "Nothing's really falling."

Rollins and Pierre both reached on singles in the first before Utley plated Rollins with a soft fly ball to center. Howard then stroked a base hit to right to score Pierre. John Mayberry reached on a single to load the bases before Domonic Brown scorched a base hit up the middle to bring home Utley.

Hefner's night was finished after he walked Kevin Frandsen with the bases loaded to force in Howard. Colin McHugh came in from the bullpen and plunked Erik Kratz to score another run for the Phillies before getting Cloyd to hit into a double play.

However, McHugh wasn't out of the woods just yet. Rollins came to bat for the second time in the inning and drove in two with a ground ball up the middle. Pierre followed with a soft liner to left before Utley capped the eight-run inning with an RBI base hit.

After Utley drove in another run in the eighth, the Phillies put seven more on the board in the ninth.

Jeurys Familia loaded the bases before walking Rollins to plate Frandsen. Pierre then reached on infield hit to score Kratz from third, ending Familia's night. Josh Edgin came into the game and plunked Utley to score Nate Schierholtz before surrendering a grand slam to Howard to make it 16-1.

Game Notes

The Mets have scored three runs or less in 16 consecutive home games ... Of the Phillies' 21 hits, only two were for extra-bases ... Rollins has hit safely in 16 of 18 games in September ... The Mets used 10 different pitchers on Thursday ... The Phillies were 11-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Preview: Game 149 - Phillies at Mets - Cloyd vs Hefner


Philadelphia Phillies (75-74) at New York Mets (66-82) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
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T. Cloyd (R) 4 1-1 4.955.01-03.609/13@HOUND3.0531-014.05.14
J. Hefner (R) 10 2-6 4.995.11-35.729/8ATLL2.2850-19.27.45

Preview:
Right-hander Tyler Cloyd faces the New York Mets for the second time in his fifth major league start on Thursday when the Philadelphia Phillies meet them in the finale of a weather-altered three-game series at Citi Field.

The series had been scheduled to wrap up Wednesday, but game two on Tuesday was postponed by rain, moving the middle test to Wednesday and the finale to tonight.

A 25-year-old Nebraska native, Cloyd made his big-league debut against the Mets on Aug. 29 in Philadelphia and took a 3-2 loss after allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings, walking two and striking out five.

He bounced back for his initial win in his next start five days later in Cincinnati, allowing four hits and a run in seven innings of a 4-2 victory while walking none and striking out nine.

Two subsequent starts have yielded a pair of no-decisions - home with Colorado and at Houston - in which the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder gave up seven runs on 13 hits in seven innings.

Cloyd was 15-1 in 26 minor-league starts to begin 2012 while splitting time at Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

For the Mets, fellow rookie Jeremy Hefner makes his 11th start and his 24th appearance as a big leaguer.

He's faced the Phillies twice so far in his brief career, starting once and relieving once while going 1-0 with a 7.36 ERA across 7 1/3 innings.

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


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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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)

Recap:
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:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Preview: Game 148 - Phillies at Mets - Hamels vs Harvey


Philadelphia Phillies (74-74) at New York Mets (66-81) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
C. Hamels (L) 28 15-6 3.066.19-33.249/14@HOUW7.0731-020.03.60
M. Harvey (R) 9 3-5 2.925.20-22.129/12WSHL5.0511-216.13.31

Preview:
Philadelphia lefty Cole Hamels can stay unbeaten since early August on Wednesday when the Phillies visit Citi Field for the second test of a weather-altered three-game series with the New York Mets.

Tuesday's scheduled second game was postponed by rain and will be made up Thursday. Philadelphia's Tyler Cloyd, who'd been set to start tonight, will be pushed to Thursday and will be opposed by New York's Jeremy Hefner.

Hamels, a first-round draft pick back in 2002, hasn't lost since dropping a 3-0 decision at Washington on Aug. 2 after allowing two earned runs in seven innings.

He's 4-0 in seven starts since while trimming an already respectable earned run average from 3.27 to 3.06.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Recap: Game 147 - Phillies at Mets - Lee Outlasts Dickey, Mets Lose 3-1


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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Philadelphia (74-74) «100010100360
N.Y. Mets (66-81)000010000171
 
W: C. Lee (6-7) L: R. Dickey (18-6)
S: J. Papelbon (35)
HR: PHI - J. Rollins (21),D. Brown (4)   NYM - None

Recap:
Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown clubbed solo home runs to back a masterful Cliff Lee, as the Philadelphia Phillies posted a 3-1 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game set at Citi Field.

Lee (6-7) continued his recent hot stretch on the mound, limiting the Mets to one run on seven hits over eight innings. He walked one and struck out 10.

The left-hander has allowed just four earned runs while going 4-0 over his last five starts.

Jonathan Papelbon worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 35th save of the season.

The Phillies are trying to shake off a disappointing series in Houston, where they dropped three of four to the MLB-worst Astros on the heels of a seven- game winning streak.

With Monday's triumph, Philadelphia moved to within 3 1/2 games of the idle St. Louis Cardinals for the National League's second wild-card spot.

R.A. Dickey (18-6) gave up three runs -- two earned -- on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings for New York, which resumed its struggles at home.

The Mets have lost seven straight as the host and haven't scored more than three runs in 14 consecutive home games, a franchise record. They have dropped nine of 10 overall.

The Phillies scored a first-inning run without a hit. Rollins struck out to begin the game, but reached on a passed ball. An errant pickoff attempt moved Rollins to second and he took third on a groundout before Chase Utley brought him home with a sacrifice fly.

A replay review awarded Rollins his 21st home run, a one-out blast in the fifth, but the Mets got on the board in the home half of the inning.

Mike Nickeas, batting eighth in the New York lineup, surprised the Phillies defense with a perfectly placed bunt. A Dickey sacrifice advanced Nickeas into scoring position and he wound up scoring on Daniel Murphy's two-out single, a blooper over the head of Rollins.

Brown went deep leading off the seventh.

Game Notes

Lee recorded his 1,500th career strikeout in the bottom of the second inning ... Dickey (205) became the fifth Mets pitcher in the last 20 years to reach 200 strikeouts in a season. He joined Johan Santana (2008), Pedro Martinez (2005), Al Leiter (2000) and David Cone (1992) ... The Mets signed a two-year player development contract with the Las Vegas 51s. The Pacific Coast League club will serve as the Mets' new Triple-A affiliate.

Box Score:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Preview: Game 147 - Phillies at Mets - Dickey Opens Homestand, Looking for #19


Philadelphia Phillies (73-74) at New York Mets (66-80) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
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C. Lee (L) 26 5-7 3.366.13-22.999/12MIAW7.0402-020.10.89
R. Dickey (R) 29 18-5 2.686.08-22.559/11WSHL7.0832-122.21.99

Preview:
A perennial Cy Young Award candidate takes on one of the front-runners in the 2012 National League field when the Philadelphia Phillies visit the New York Mets for the first of a three-game series.

The Phillies start the set with left-hander Cliff Lee, the 2008 Cy Young winner in the American League and a two-time top-10 finisher for the honor in the AL (2005, 2010) along with a third-place finish in the NL in 2011.

New York counters with knuckleballing righty R.A. Dickey, who's already won a career-best 18 games and is considered among the top contenders for the 2012 award along with Washington's Gio Gonzalez and Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto.

Lee is 3-1 in seven career starts against the Mets with a stingy 2.25 earned run average across 48 innings while posting a .233 batting average.

He began the season with just one win in his initial seven starts, but has since won four of the last five across nine starts while trimming his ERA from 3.95 to 3.36.

In his last game, against Miami on Sept. 12, he tossed seven innings and allowed an unearned run in seven innings of a 3-1 defeat of the Marlins.

He's lasted at least seven innings in eight of his last 10 starts, in which the Phillies have gone 7-3.

For the Mets, Dickey, who entered the season with 41 wins in 204 big-league appearances, got win No. 18 of 2012 with a 6-2 victory at St. Louis on Sept. 5.

He allowed two runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings of the victory, in which he walked one batter and struck out five.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 83 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Comeback to Beat Phillies 6-5


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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N.Y. Mets (45-38) «0110200026100

W: B. Parnell (2-1) L: J. Papelbon (2-3)
HR: PHI - None   NYM - S. Hairston (12),D. Wright (11)

Recap:
David Wright homered and knocked in four runs, including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the New York Mets edged the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5, in the rubber match of a three-game set at Citi Field.

Scott Hairston also hit a home run for New York, which won for the sixth time in eight games.

Bobby Parnell (2-1) tossed a perfect top of the ninth to earn the win in relief of starter R.A. Dickey, who allowed five rune on a career-high tying 11 hits and a walk over seven innings. Dickey also struck out seven and stretched his unbeaten streak to 14 straight starts.

Jonathan Papelbon (2-3) gave up a pair of runs on three hits and a walk in his second blown save of the season for the Phillies, who have dropped seven of their last eight.

Cole Hamels surrendered four runs on seven hits and a walk in a seven-inning start, while Jimmy Rollins had three hits, two RBI and a run scored in defeat.

Wright's two-run home run in the fifth inning gave New York its first lead of the game, but Philadelphia answered with two runs in the sixth to go back on top.

Hamels started the rally with a one-out single and rounded the bases on Rollins' triple into the right-field corner. Juan Pierre followed with a squeeze bunt to plate Rollins and give the Phillies a 5-4 advantage.

Philadelphia failed to add an insurance run in the eighth inning when Mike Fontenot was throw out at the plate by Hairston on Chase Utley's pinch-hit single to left field, and New York capitalized in the bottom of the ninth against Papelbon.

Ike Davis opened the frame with a double to left-center field and pinch-runner Ronny Cedeno quickly moved to third on Josh Thole's sacrifice bunt. Papelbon fanned Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the second out of the inning, but then hit Jordany Valdespin with a 3-2 pitch and walked Ruben Tejada to load the bases.

Mets Game Notes: Game 83 - Starters, Dickey, Bullpen, Wright, Murphy, Davis


METS AT A GLANCE: Following yesterday’s 9-2 loss, the Mets have won five of their last seven games.

AT HOME: The Mets are 24-18 at home this year...The 24 wins are tied for the sixth-most in the majors.

METS STARTERS: Have pitched 6.0 or more innings in 17 of their last 18 contests...During that span, they are 9-7 with a 2.66 ERA (36 earned runs/122.0 innings).

PITCHER OF THE MONTH: Major League Baseball announced on Monday that R.A. Dickey won the National League Pitcher of the Month award for June...It is Dickey’s first career Pitcher of the Month honor...He went 5-0 in six starts, leading the majors for the month in ERA (0.93), innings pitched (48.1) and strikeouts (55)...His five wins were also tied for the most in the majors...He also became the fourth Mets pitcher to finish a calendar month 5-0 (or better) with an ERA below 1.00 (David Cone, May, 1988; Jesse Orosco, August, 1983; Tom Seaver, September, 1969)...Dickey is the first Mets pitcher to win the award since Johan Santana in April of 2009...Earlier this season, the righthander won the Pitcher of the Week award for the period, May 21-27.

FIRST TIME IN 100 YEARS: Dickey had a 0.93 ERA for the month of June despite allowing five earned runs on June 24 vs. the Yankees... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time in the 100-year tracking of earned runs that a pitcher allowed five earned runs in a start, yet finished the month with an ERA below 1.00.

RANKINGS: R.A. Dickey, who was named to his first All-Star team on Sunday, leads the majors with 12 wins, is fourth in the majors with a 2.15 ERA and is second in the NL and fifth in the majors with 116 strikeouts.

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 83


Employee #5 - Batting 3rd
Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 83:
  1. Tejada-SS
  2. Murphy-2B
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Hairston-LF
  5. Duda-RF
  6. Davis-1B
  7. Thole-C
  8. Nieuwenhuis-CF
  9. Dickey-RHP

Preview: Game 83 - Phillies at Mets - Hamels vs Dickey (Final Game, 3 Game Set)


Philadelphia Phillies (37-46) at New York Mets (44-38) 7:10 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
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C. Hamels (L) 16 10-4 3.086.15-13.496/30@MIAL7.0731-122.02.05
R. Dickey (R) 16 12-1 2.156.06-01.856/29@LADW8.0302-023.01.96

Preview:
R.A. Dickey leads the majors in wins and his staggering unbeaten string has made him an All-Star for the first time.

Extending that streak may strengthen his case to be the NL's starter.

The knuckleballer looks to become the first New York Mets pitcher to win 13 games prior to the break in 22 years Thursday night when he faces fellow All-Star Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Dickey (12-1, 2.15 ERA) has harnessed his baffling pitch to improbably become one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2012. Already with a career high in wins, the 37-year-old right-hander ranks among the major league leaders in ERA, strikeouts (116) and opponent batting average (.190).

"The metaphor I would give is that if a traditional knuckleball is a butterfly, mine is more like a butterfly on steroids," Dickey said. "It's more like a mosquito or a hummingbird than a butterfly, because of the velocity. It comes in and breaks late at the plate. It darts more and it's in and out of the strike zone. Phil Niekro once told me I had an 'angry' knuckleball."

That pitch is the major reason he's unbeaten since losing at Atlanta on April 18, going 10-0 with a 1.51 ERA in his last 13 outings. That includes five wins in six June starts behind a 0.93 ERA while fanning 55 in 48 1-3 innings, earning NL pitcher of the month honors.

Dickey seems like a front-runner to get the starting nod in next week's All-Star game.

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


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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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)

Recap:

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:

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 82


Leading it off
Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 82:

  1. Ruben Tejada, SS
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Scott Hairston, LF
  5. Lucas Duda, RF
  6. Ike Davis, 1B
  7. Andres Torres, CF
  8. Mike Nickeas, C
  9. Chris Young, RHP
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