The Phils early season woes continue as they lose to the Mets, 7-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils early season pitching problems continues as Roy Halladay throws another clunker as the Phils lose to the Mets, 7-2.

The Mets took the lead in the top of the second inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, John Buck hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, scoring Marlon Byrd, who had earlier doubled, and Lucas Duda, who had just been hit by the pitch, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Duda hits an RBI single, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on David Wright’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead, while sending Byrd, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, making it a 4-1 Mets’ lead. The Mets increased their lead in the top of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Wright would hit an RBI single, scoring Murphy, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, then moved up to third base on Roy Halladay’s wild pitch, giving the Mets a 5-1 lead. Five batters later, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ike Davis, sending Wright to third base, and a walk to Duda, moving Davis up to second base, and with one man out, Ruben Tejada hits a two-run single, scoring Wright and Davis, giving the Mets a 7-1 lead, while sending Duda over to third base. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Erik Kratz, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, thanks to fan interference, before moving up to third on Ben Revere’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 7-2 Mets’ lead. That would be the final score as Josh Edgin would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (0-2, 14.73) took the lost as he threw four innings, plus three batters, giving up seven runs on six hits, three walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out just three. Chad Durbin pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst and Raul Valdes combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Valdes) between them, which striking out five (Horst (3), Valdes (2)). Matt Harvey (2-0, 0.64) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Josh Edgin pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a double by Jimmy Rollins (RBI), a single by Chase Utley, a single by Humberto Quintero and a ground-rule double by Erik Kratz. Ryan Howard knocked in the other Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had two walks (Ben Revere, Laynce Nix) and a stolen base (Revere (4)) in the game, as the Phils once again spent most of the game trailing thanks to a bad pitching performance.

The Phils (2-5, 4th) continue their series with the Mets (5-2, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00) who is coming off a shut out against the Braves on April 4, as he pitched eight innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 2-0 win. He will be trying for his second straight good start, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (0-1, 1.42), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on April 4, as he went six and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to even up his record, while trying to help keep the Mets in pace with the division leading Braves. The Phils will be trying to even up the series.

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