May 2009

Preview: Phillies v. Mets at Citi Field – 7:10 pm Eastern

The 2008 World Champions Philadelphia Phillies (14-10, 1st) continue their four-games road trip with a short two-games series with their main rival in the National League East, the New York Mets (12-13, 3rd). The first game of the two-games set will be played at the Mets new home, Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Chan Ho Park (0-1, 8.57), who is coming off an earlier beating at the hands of these same Mets on May 1, where he was only able to go four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and six walks, while striking out only one batter, in the Phillies’ 7-4 lost. Park is still looking for his first win as a Phil, while folks ponder if this will be Park’s last chance to stay in the Phillies’ starting rotation. The Mets will counter with their ace Johan Santana (3-1, 1.10), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Marlins on April 29, as the Mets’ bullpen once again let him down. Santana went seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Mets’ 4-3 lost. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year as he hopes to once again dominate the Phils. The Phillies will be looking to come out of New York with at least a split, before coming home for a three-games set with the Braves.

My honest opinion? I see this game as a lost for the Phillies, as, since Santana has joined the Mets last season, the Phils have been unable to do anything with him, and the only times that they do score runs when he’s the starter for the Mets is when they get to the bullpen once he is taken out of the ballgame. The only way for the Phils to win this game is for their starter to keep them in the game, until they can get at the Mets’ bullpen, like they did last Saturday. But, since it is Park who is starting the game tonight for the Phils, I do not see this as being a close game, unless the Phillies’ presently red hot offense can find the holes in Santana’s armor and exploit them. So, I am resign at seeing this as a lost, unless, by some miracle, the offense decide to beat up on Santana. While I’m hoping for it, I’m not seeing it as happening.

The Phillies come out on top in a slugfest with the Cardinals, take control of first place in the NL East.

The Phillies’ offensive help the team outlast a determined Cardinals’ offense as the Phils defeat the Redbirds, 10-7. The Phils take over control of first place in the National League East as they head to New York City for their first meeting with their rivals, the Mets, in the Mets’ new home of Citi Field.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the first, as, with one out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season. In the third, the Phillies increased their lead, as, with runners on second and third, and nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Phils’ starter Brett Myers, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Jimmy Rollins’ double, and Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. Later, with the bases loaded, via a single to Raul Ibanez, which had sent Victorino over to third base, and a walk to Ryan Howard, which would move Ibanez up to second, and still nobody out, the Phils would make it 4-0 Phils as Jayson Werth hits into a sacrifice-double play, which would score Victorino from third base, while Ibanez was thrown out at second base, 8-4, as he midjudged the play, thinking that the ball would fall in for a base hit, instead of being caught by centerfielder Colby Rasmus, for the inning’s second out. A rare baserunning mistake by Ibanez since becoming a Phil. The Cards would get a run back in their half of the third, as, with runners on second and third, and one man out, Joe Thurston hits into an RBI ground out, 6-1, for the inning’s second out, knocking in Tyler Greene, who had earlier doubled, and had gone over to third on Skip Schumaker’s single, making it a 4-1 Phillies’ lead, while sending Schumaker, who had gone up to second base on Victorino’s throw home, as the ball goes past the cut off man, would move on to third. In the fourth, the Cardinals made it 4-2 Phils as Rudy Ludwick hits a lead-off solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. Two batters later, with one man out, Yadier Molina made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as he hits a solo home run of his own, his third home run of the year. The Phillies then increased their lead in the fifth, as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Werth hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, and his second home run of the series, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, and had gone on to third on Victorino’s single, who would later be picked off first, trying to steal second base, 1-3, for the inning’s first out, and Howard, who had earlier walked, giving the Phillies a 7-3 lead. The Cardinals got a run back in their half of the fifth, as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Ludwick hits an RBI single, knocking in Thurston, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 7-4. In the sixth, with the bases loaded, via a single to Molina, Rasmus being hit by a pitch, and a single to Cardinals’ starter Adam Wainwright, with one man out, pinch hitter Khalil Greene would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Molina from third, making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead, while sending Rasmus over to third base. In the seventh, the Phillies would make it 8-5 Phils, as, with two men on, and one man out, Howard would hit an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second after Ibanez was hit by a pitch, while sending Ibanez over to third base. Two batters later, after Werth was hit by a pitch to load the bases, sending Howard up to second base, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, giving the Phils a 9-5 lead, while moving both Howard and Werth up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Cardinals would get a run back, as, with two men on, and two outs, Rasmus hits an RBI double, scoring Chris Duncan, who had earlier walked and had gone on to second on Molina’s walk, making it 9-6 Phils, while sending Molina, who had earlier walked, over to third. In the ninth, the Phils added an insurance run, making it a 10-6 lead, as with a runner on first, and two men out, Feliz hits an RBI double, knocking in Werth, who was earlier safe at first on a fielder’s choice ground ball, as Ibanez, who had earlier hit a ground rule double and had reached third base on Howard’s ground out, 3-1, was cut down at home plate on a ball hit to the pitcher, Brad Thompson, who threw home to the catcher, Molina, who blocked home plate and then tagged out Ibanez, who had taken off on the crack of the bat. The Cardinals make it a 10-7 game in the bottom of the ninth, as Albert Pujols hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, and his only hit in the series. But, that would be it, as Brad Lidge would end the game by getting out the next three batters.

Brett Myers would get the win as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and two hit batters, while striking out one. His record is now 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA. Scott Eyre pitched two-thirds of an inning, as he recorded his third hold of the year, giving up no runs or hits. Clay Condrey pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his fourth hold of the season, as he went an inning and a third, giving up no runs. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter. Adam Wainwright took the lost, as he pitched six innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 3-1 with an ERA of 4.08. Denny Reyes pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out a batter. Chris Perez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and hitting a batter. Jason Motte pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Brad Thompson pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phillies collected fifteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the way with four hits, just one hit short of the cycle, as he had two singles, a double and a home run, knocking in three runs, and scoring three, as he raised his batting average to .308. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz all followed with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Miguel Cairo, Carlos Ruiz and Brett Myers got the Phils’ other five hits. Besides the Victorino’s three RBIs, Werth lead the team with four RBIs, Feliz knocked in two runs and Howard knocked in one.

The Phillies (14-10, 1st) continue their four-games road trip with a short two-games series with their main rival in the NL East, the Mets (12-13, 3rd). The first game will be played at the Mets new home, Citi Field, with a start time of 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Chan Ho Park (0-1, 8.57), who is coming off an earlier beating at the hands of these same Mets on May 1, where he was only able to pitch four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and six walks, while striking out only one batter, in the Phillies’ 7-4 lost. Park is still looking for his first win as a Phil, while folks are wondering how many more chances the Phils will give him before putting him into the bullpen. The Mets will counter with their ace Johan Santana (3-1, 1.10), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Marlins on April 29, as the Mets’ bullpen once again let him down. Santana went seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Mets’ 4-3 lost. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year as he hopes to once again dominate the Phils. The Phillies will be looking to come out of New York with at least a split, before coming home for a three-games set with the Braves.

Howard’s second grand slam of the year help to propel the Phils to a 6-1 win over the Cardinals.

Ryan Howard hits his second grand slam of the season, which placed him in a first place tie with Mike Schmidt for the most career grand slams hit by a Phil with seven each, help propel the Phils to a 6-1 win over the Central Division-leading Cardinals, as Joe Blanton collected his first victory of the 2009 season.

The Cardinals took a quick 1-0 lead in the third, as, with a runner on second, and two outs, Joe Thurston hits an RBI ground rule double, scoring Cardinals’ starter Kyle Lohse, who had earlier reached first base after being hit by the pitch, and had moved on to second on Skip Schumaker’s ground out, 1-3. The Phils took in the lead in the fourth, as, with one man on, and nobody out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, making it 2-1 Phillies. In the fifth, with the bases loaded, via singles to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino and Chase Utley being hit by the pitch, and with only one out, Howard drilled a 1-1 slider into right field for a grand slam home run, his fifth home run of the year, his second grand slam of the season, and the seventh of his career, knocking in Rollins, Victorino and Utley, as the Phils took a 6-1 lead. The Cardinals would threathen to get back into the ballgame in the bottom of the sixth, as they loaded up the bases via a walk to Ryan Ludwick, Rick Ankiel being hit by the pitch and Yadier Molina reaching base on a fielder’s choice grounder to Pedro Feliz, who was unable to throw out Ankiel at second base, with only one man out. But Blanton would get out of the jam by first striking out Tyler Greene swinging on a 3-2 fastball for the inning’s second out, and then getting pinch hitter Brian Barden to hit into a 6-4 force out at second base, wiping out Molina. That would be it for the Cardinals as the Phillies’ bullpen would take over and allow only two Cardinals’ batters to reach base during the last three innings. Meanwhile, in the eighth, Ankiel would be taken out of the game, after having make a catch of a fly ball hit by Feliz, as he tripped on his feet and ended up slamming into the outfield wall, head first. He would be driven out of the ballgame, giving a thumbs up to the fans signalling that he was okay. Hopefully, he is, as X-rays and a CT scan taken later has both proven negative.

Joe Blanton took the win, as he pitched six strong innings, giving up a run on four hits, two walks and two hit batters, while striking out three. His record is now 1-2 with an ERA of 6.84. Scott Eyre, Ryan Madson and Chad Durbin then came in to pitch three scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Eyre) and a hit batter (Durbin). Kyle Lohse took the lost, as he was able to go only four and a third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out four. His record is now 3-1 with a 3.22 ERA. Trever Miller pitched a third of an inning, giving up no hits, while he struck out a batter. Blaine Boyer pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Denny Reyes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Kyle McClellan pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Franklin and Brad Thompson would each pitch a scoreless inning, with each pitcher striking out a batter.

The Phillies had eight hits in the game, with Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard both leading the team with two hits each. Werth’s hits would be a double and a two-run home run, raising his batting average to .262, while Howard’s hits would be a single and a grand slam home run, raising his average to .293. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz would get the other four Phillies’ hits, all singles. Werth (2) and Howard (4) would collect the Phils six RBIs.

The Phillies (13-10, 2nd National League East) will conclude their two-games series with the Cardinals (17-9, 1st National League Central), in St. Louis. The game will be played tonight at Busch Stadium (III) and will begin at 8:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Brett Myers (1-2, 4.83), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals on April 29, where he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phillies’ 4-1 lost. He will be trying to even up his record, while also going for his fourth straight quality start. His opponent will be Adam Wainwright (3-0, 2.76), who is coming off a win against the Braves, also on April 29, as he pitched six innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out two, in the Cardinals’ 5-3 win. He will be going for his fourth win of the year. The Phillies will be trying to leave St. Louis with a series sweep, before going on to New York for their first visit to the new Citi Field. 

Preview: Phillies v. Cardinals at Busch Stadium III – 8:15 pm Eastern.

The Phillies (12-10, 2nd) goes on the road for the first of two two-games series, facing the St. Louis Cardinals (17-8, 1st National League Central) in St. Louis. The game will be played tonight at Busch Stadium (III), with a start time of 8:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Central). The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (0-2, 8.41), who is still looking for his first win of the 2009 season, as he had received a no-decision in his last start, April 27, against the Nationals, where he pitched only four and a third innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phillies’ 13-11 come-from-behind win. He hopes to improve his ERA while trying to pitch his way to his first win of the year. The Cardinals will counter with Kyle Lohse (3-0, 1.97), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Braves on April 28, in which he went six innings, giving up no runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out six, in the Cardinals’ 2-1 lost. Last season, he was 2-0 against the Phils in two starts, giving up only one run in twelve innings of work. He hopes to continue his previous season’s success against the World Champs. The Phils hope to continue their winning ways on the road, while seeing if they can end the night being in first place for the first time this season.

Victorino’s patient with the bases loaded leads to a walk-off win in extra-innings for the Phils over the Mets, 6-5.

Shane Victorino’s patient at home plate with the bases loaded leads to a walk-off win for the Phillies over their main rival in the East, the Mets, in extra-innings, 6-5, leaving them just a game behind the 1st place Marlins.

The Phillies took a quick lead in the first inning, as, with a runner on third, and no one out, Raul Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with two men on base, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Ryan Howard’s single, making it 2-0 Phillies, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, to second base. In the second, the Mets cut the lead to 2-1 Phils, as, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Daniel Murphy hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Gary Sheffield, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second on David Wright’s walk, and had gone over to third on Fernando Tatis grounder to Rollins, who threw over to second, forcing out Wright, 6-4. The Phils got the run back in their half of the second, making it 3-1 Phillies, as with a runner on second, and two men out, Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier doubled. The Mets cut the lead once again, this time making it 3-2 Phils, as, with two men on and one man out, Wright hits a sacrifice fly to Howard in foul territory, scoring Luis Castillo, who had earlier walked, and had moved over to third on Sheffield’s double. The Phillies got that run back in the bottom of the third, making it 4-2 Phillies, as, with the bases loaded via walks to Rollins, Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz, who had been reactivated by the Phils, and one man out, Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer received an RBI walk, scoring Rollins, while Bruntlett and Ruiz would both move up a base. That would be the game for Mets’ starter Oliver Perez, who was replaced by reliever rookie Ken Takahashi. Takahashi ended the inning by getting Victorino to hit into a very wierd double play, as the ball stopped in front of the mound, which Takahashi picked up and threw home. Catcher Ramon Castro touched home plate in front of Bruntlett for the inning’s second out, then threw the ball to second base upon seeing that Moyer hasn’t yet reached second. The throw would beat Moyer to the bag, as shortstop Jose Reyes touched second for the inning’s final out for a 1-2-6 double play. The score would stay 4-2 Phils until the sixth, when, with two men out, Murphy hits a solo home run to right, his third home run of the season, making it 4-3 Phils. The next batter, Castro, tied the game up at four-all as he hits a solo home run to center, his second home run of the year. After Moyer gives up a triple to pinch hitter Alex Cora, Moyer is replaced by Scott Eyre. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Eyre gave up a walk to Reyes, Castillo gave the Mets the lead, 5-4, with an RBI single, scoring Cora, and sending Reyes over to third. Eyre then loaded up the bases by hitting Carlos Beltran. Eyre was then replaced with Clay Condrey, who ended the inning by getting Sheffield to ground out, 4-3. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all, as, with one out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The score would remain 5-5 for the next three innings, although the Mets threathen to score in the eighth. With runners on first and second, with pinch runner Omir Santos on second, after replacing Castro, who had gotten to first base with a walk, while Santos had moved on to second on a Cora sacrifice bunt, and pinch hitter Carlos Delgado walk, who in turn was replaced on first by pinch runner John Maine, and two men out, Santos tried to score on a single to right by Beltran. Right fielder Werth made a good throw to the plate, which was caught by Ruiz, who then tagged out a sliding Santos for the inning’s final out. In the tenth, the Phils loaded up the bases, with two outs, via a single by Pedro Feliz, Matt Stairs being hit by the pitch, and a walk to pinch hitter Chris Coste. Victorino took the count up to 3-2 before taking a sinker low for ball four, scoring Feliz and giving the Phils a walk-off 6-5 win in extra-innings.

Jamie Moyer received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks, while he struck out two. Scott Eyre faced three batters, getting none out, as he gave up a hit a walk and hit a batter. Clay Codrey pitched one and one-third scoreless innings. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks. Jack Taschner got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA. Oliver Perez also got a no-decision as he pitched only two and one-third innings, giving up four runs on five hits and six walks, striking out only two. Ken Takahashi followed, pitching two and two-thirds innings of relief, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Pedro Feliciano blew the save as he gave up one run on one hit, while he struck out a batter. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. J.J. Putz pitched two scoreless innings, giving up no hits, while he struck out two. Sean Green took the lost, as he only pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, two walks and a hit batter. His record is now 0-2 with a 8.76 ERA.

The Phillies had nine hits in the game. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz lead the team with two hits each. Victorino’s hits were a double and a triple, Ibanez’s hits were a home run and a double, while Feliz had two singles. Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins had the other three hits, with Werth’s hit being a double. Ibanez had two RBIs in the game, while Victorino, Werth, Rollins and Jamie Moyer had the other four RBIs.

The Phillies’ (12-10, 2nd) game with the Mets (10-13, 4th), scheduled for this afternoon, has just been postponed because of rain. The Phillies’ next game will be against the Cardinals in St. Louis tomorrow night.

Chan Ho Park’s bad pitching performance lead to a Mets victory over Phils in the series’ opener, 7-4.

The Phillies are unable to overcome Chan Ho Park’s poor performance, as he gave up seven earned runs to the Phillies’ main rival in the East, the Mets, as the Phils lose, 7-4.

The Mets took a quick 2-0 lead in the first, as, with one man on, and one man out, Daniel Murphy hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Alex Cora, who had earlier walked. The Mets added to their lead in the second, when, with two men on, and no one out, Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey helped his own cause by hitting a sacrifice fly, scoring Fernando Tatis, who had earlier singled, and had moved over to third on Omir Santos’ double, making it 3-0 Mets, while sending Santos over to third. One batter later, with Santos on third, and now one man out, Jose Reyes knocked him in with a sacrifice fly of his own, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead. The Mets made it 5-0 in the third, as, with the bases loaded via a walk to Carlos Beltran, a double to David Wright, sending Beltran over to third base, and an intentional walk to Tatis, with one man out, Santos hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Beltran, who beat out Jayson Werth’s throw to the plate, while Wright and Tatis both moved up a base. The Phillies would strike back in their half of the third, as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Shane Victorino, who later moved to second base on a throwing error by Pelfrey, who was trying to pick him off first, and walks to both Chase Utley and Werth, and two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run RBI single, scoring both Victorino and Utley, while sending Werth over to third, making it a 5-2 Mets’ lead. One batter later, Pedro Feliz made it a  5-3 Mets’ lead by hitting an RBI single, scoring Werth, and sending Ibanez over to third. In the fifth, Wright made it 6-3 Mets as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Beltran, who had earlier doubled. Later in the inning, with two men on, and two men out, Pelfrey once again helped his cause by hitting an RBI single, scoring Tatis, who had earlier doubled, while sending Santos, who had earlier been intentionally walked, over to third. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Phillies ran themselves out of a scoring opportunity, as, with one out, with Chris Coste, who had earlier been safe on a force out as Feliz, who had earlier singled, was thrown out at second, 6-4, and had moved on to second on pinch hitter Greg Dobbs’ pinch hit single, on second, and Dobbs’ on first via his pinch hit single, Jimmy Rollins hits a ground ball to shortstop Reyes. Reyes committed a throwing error, as he tried to throw out Coste at third. But, instead of going home, Coste stopped in front of third base, which turned out to be a bad move, as Dobbs, who had not seen Coste stop, had ran past second and had continued on to third. This would force Coste to head for home, where he would be tagged out by catcher Santos, after being caught in a rundown, 2-4-2, for the inning’s second out, while Dobbs would be safe at third, and Rollins would move up to second base on the rundown. Victorino then ended the inning with a fly out. Utley would make it a 7-4 Mets’ lead in the seventh, as he hits a lead-off solo home run, his eighth home run of the year. But that would be the final score as Francisco Rodriguez came in and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his fifth save of the year.

Chan Ho Park took the lost, his first as a Phillie, as he would pitch only four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits and six walks, while striking out only one batter. His record is now 0-1 with an 8.57 ERA. Chad Durbin followed for one and one-third innings of relief, giving up only one hit and a walk. J.A. Happ and Clay Condrey would combine for three scoreless innings, only giving up a walk (Happ), while striking out one batter (Happ). Mike Pelfrey got the win, as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up just three runs on seven hits and three walks. His record is now 3-0 with a 6.00 ERA. Pedro Feliciano pitched an inning and two-thirds, holding off the Phils, as he gave up a run on one hit, while he struck out two. J.J. Putz pitched a 1-2-3 inning, recording a hold. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his fifth save of the year, as he also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, recording a strikeout. 

The Phillies had eight hits in the game, with Pedro Feliz leading the way with two hits, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Chris Coste and Greg Dobbs had the Phillies’ other hits, with Utley’s hit being a solo home run. Besides Feliz and Utley, Ibanez knocked in two runs. The Phillies were unable to get into this game thanks to Parks ineffectiveness on the mound which put them behind early.

The Phillies (11-10, 2nd) continue their three-games weekend series with the Mets (10-12, 4th). The second game of the series will be played this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park and will be nationally televised by Fox Sports. The game will start at 3:40 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter with be the ageless veteran Jamie Moyer (3-1, 5.09), who will be going for his 250th career victory. He is coming off a victory against the Marlins on April 26, where he went six innings, giving up only one run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 13-2 blowout win. He will be going for his fourth win of the season while hoping to end the Phils’ present two-game slide. The Mets will counter with Oliver Perez (1-2,  9.31), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals, also on April 26, as he pitched only four and one-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out only three, in the Mets’ 8-1 lost. He will be trying to even his record. The Phillies will be trying to even the series while doing so in front of a national audience.

Preview: Phillies v. Mets – 7:05 pm Eastern.

The World Champions Philadelphia Phillies (11-9, 2nd) will be hosting their rivals, the New York Mets (9-12, 4th) for a three-games weekend series at Citizens Bank Park. The first game of the three-games set will be played tonight, weather permitting, at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will be sending to the mound Chan Ho Park (0-0, 7.16), who is coming off his third straight no-decision as a starter, as he faced the Florida Marlins on April 25, pitching seven good innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phillies’ 6-4 extra-innings win. Park will be trying to gain his first win as a Phil. The Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (2-0, 6.32), who is coming off a win against the Nationals, also on April 25, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out only one batter, in the Mets’ 8-2 blow-out. He will be shooting for his third win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to send the Mets a message during the series, as they prepare to win their second straight home series, and their third straight series win since losing their three-games set with the Brewers.

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