Joe Blanton has his third straight bad outing, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 6-3.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins, who had started the ballgame off with a double, then went to third on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, would score on Jeremy Hefner’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Mike Baxter, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch, then going to third on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ single, while sending Nieuwenhuis, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mets then took the lead three batters later as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Ike Davis hits an RBI single, knocking in Nieuwenhuis, who had reached third base on Daniel Murphy’s force out, 4-6, as Wright is wiped out at second base on Murphy’s grounder, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead, while sending Murphy, who was safe at first on the force out, up to second base. The Phils would tie the score up at two-all in the second as, with two men out, Brian Schneider hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Mets retook the lead in their half of the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Baxter hits an RBI double, knocking in Omar Quintanilla, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on Hefner’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Hefner hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season and of his career, as well as his first major league hit. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a double to left, sending Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, to third base, before he would head home on left fielder Baxter’s fielding error, making it a 4-3 Mets’ lead, while Pence would go on to third on the error. The Mets would increase their lead in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Scott Hairston hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Quintanilla, who had started off the inning with a double, giving the Mets a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Frank Francisco recorded his fourteenth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, striking out Schneider on a called third strike.
Joe Blanton (4-5, 5.05) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus two batters, giving up six runs on nine hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Raul Valdes threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman and Joe Savery combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Savery) between them, while striking out three (Diekman (2), Savery (1)). Jeremy Hefner (1-2, 5.60) got the win, the first of his career, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, as he struck out four. Bobby Parnell collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jon Rauch received his fifth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Frank Francisco collected his fourteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Placido Polanco (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single), Hunter Pence (Double), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Brian Schneider (Home Run, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The 0ther two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and an error.
The Phils (26-25, 5th) will conclude their series with the Mets (28-22, T-2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 25, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-3 extra-innings win. He is still looking for his first win of the 2012 season. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92), who is coming off a win against the Padres on May 25, as he threw seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Mets’ 6-1 win. He will be trying to lead the Mets to a series win. The Phils will be going for the series win, while trying to give Lee his first victory of 2012.