Cliff Lee just miss pitching a complete game as the Phils’ bats come to life to beat the Mets, 8-3.
The Phils take the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on left fielder Lucas Duda’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with Mayberry still on second base, and now with two men out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause with an RBI single to center, knocking in Mayberry, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead two batters later, after Ben Revere had hit a single, moving Lee up to second base, as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Lee, while sending Revere on to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Young followed Howard with a solo shot of his own, his first home run of the season, and his first as a Phil. Two batters later, with one man out, the Phils make it a 7-0 lead as Mayberry hits his own solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Mets got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, John Buck hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring David Wright, who had started the inning off by reaching base on Rollins’ throwing error, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got one of the runs back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Young hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Mets got the run back in the top of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jordany Valdespin, after having first tripled, would score on catcher Erik Kratz’s passed ball, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Mike Adams would record the final out in the ninth by striking out Ruben Tejada looking.
Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.08) got the win as he pitched eight and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits, while he struck out six. Mike Adams pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Dillon Gee (0-2, 7.71) took the lost as he went just three innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits, as he struck out two. Greg Burke pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, as he struck out two. Scott Rice, LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rice) between them, while striking out three (one batter each).
The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Michael Young leading the team (Single, Triple, Home Run, 2 RBIs), being a double short of hitting the cycle, followed by John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Erik Kratz (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Chase Utley (2)) and two stolen bases (Utley (2 & 3)) in the game.
The Phils (3-5, 4th) will conclude their series with the Mets (5-3, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 7.94) who is coming off a bad start against the Royals on April 5, as he threw five and two-thirds innings. giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 13-4 lost. Kendrick will be trying to regain the form he had early in the game, before the floodgates suddenly opened. Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 1.50) will pitch for the Mets, as he is coming off a lost to the Marlins on April 5, as he threw six innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, as he struck out three, in the Mets’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to even his record while trying to give the Mets the series win. The Phils look to end the series with a win.