The scoring in today’s game was completely backwards. If you told me the Phillies would score eight runs today, I would have said they would have been scored on Mike Pelfrey and not the Mets bullpen- which has been lights-out this season. That was not the case today.
Pelfrey, making his second start of the year, didn’t pitch well, but somehow managed to allow only one run. He was saved from disaster in the first inning, when the Phillies scored on an RBI-single by Jimmy Rollins, putting runners on first and second. Hunter Pelce grounded into a fielder’s choice with the result being him on first and Rollins on third. During the next at-bat, they put on the double steal and both made it. Ty Wigginton lined out, but Lance Nix walked to load the bases. Pelfrey was saved when Carlos Ruiz hit a sharp ground ball right down the first base line, which Ike Davis somehow snagged to end the inning. Pelfrey ended the day with a line of: 6 IP, 8 H, ER, 2 BB, 2K.
In the top of the first, before Pelfrey allowed his only run, Ike Davis, who has been slumping lately, hit his first home run of the game. The homer was a two-run shot, scoring the Mets’ only two runs of the game. Ike had another hit later in the game, raising his average to .125.
Pelfrey’s counterpart Cole Hamels was stellar after the first inning. He followed up with six scoreless. He earned the win and improved to 1-1 on the season.
Terry Collins turned to his bullpen to the seventh, with Mike Pelfrey nearing 100 pitches. Ramon Ramirez entered in the seventh. He allowed three hits and two runs in his inning, keeping the game close, but giving up the 2-1 lead the Mets had before. In the bottom of the eighth, it got worse. Manny Acosta could not find the strike zone. He loaded the bases loaded the bases, thanks in part to a throwing error by Ruben Tejada. He then Walked Hunter Pence, forcing in a run. Four runs were charged to Acosta thanks to what would happen next.
Miguel Batista (yeah, the guy that’s supposed to be the long man) relieved Acosta. He gave up a double to Ty Wigginton and a single to John Mayberry Jr. Three scored on the double and Wigginton scored on the infield single by Mayberry, putting the game out of reach for the Mets at 8-2. The Mets attempted a comeback in the ninth, but couldn’t do it against Jonathon Paplebon.
This game was very disappointing. It was great to see Ike Davis have a nice game, as well as David Wright. Both of them were 2-4. The bullpen was horrific. I guess they can’t be perfect all the time. They have came through so far in every game this season, so something like this was bound to happen. Hopefully they got it all out today and will go back to being lights-out tomorrow and in the future. A sweep would have been nice today, but in Philadelphia with all the Mets had going against them, two of three was surprising enough and still very satisfying.