Byrd & Brown Help Phils Snap Skid
- Updated: May 10, 2014
The Phillies looked to end a horrid four game losing streak Friday night at Citi Field. They entered Friday’s tilt with the Mets on the heels of a four game sweep by the Toronto Blue Jays, getting outscored 22-6 in the final two games.
Roberto Hernandez took to the mound in search of win number three on the young season. The Mets would strike first in the bottom of the first, when Daniel Murphy and David Wright singled back to back. Curtis Granderson then stepped in and doubled home Murphy for a 1-0 lead.
The Phils evened the score in the top of the third, when Chase Utley led off with a double to right. After a Ryan Howard line-out, Marlon Byrd walked to bring Dom Brown to the plate. Brown would single to bring Utley home and the score was 1-1.
Brown would strike again in the fifth, again with Utley on base. Chase was hit by a Jenrry Mejia pitch, and eventually stole second. After outs from Howard and Byrd, Brown again singled Utley home to put the Phils in front 2-1. The Phillies would chase Mejia in the fifth, and he finished allowing two runs on six hits.
Hernandez turned in five innings of six hit ball, allowing just the one run and walked three. The tortured Phillies’ bullpen was then tasked with holding the lead for the remainder of the evening.
Jake Diekman and Mike Adams pitched the sixth and seventh, allowing only one base runner between them. Antonio Bastardo came in for the eighth inning, and after getting two outs he walked Murphy. Wright then came through with a two out double that scored Murphy and tied the game at 2-2. Bastardo would not allow another run, finishing the eighth and throwing a perfect ninth. Young lefty Mario Hollands pitched the 10th and allowed one hit.
The top of the 11th saw the Phils take the lead for good, as once again Utley got on base. This time it was Byrd that brought him home on a double to right field. The Phillies went up 3-2 with their closer waiting in the wings. Jonathan Papelbon picked up the save in the bottom of the 11th to snap the Phils’ losing skid.
The Phillies will take a win any way they can get it right now, and this game was a good pick me up. They did leave 17 men on base, going 3-12 with runners in scoring position.
Still, the bullpen was on point in keeping the Mets at bay. They allowed a total of one run on four hits in six innings of work.
The Phillies look to build on this tonight against the Mets when Kyle Kendrick makes the start. He’ll be opposed by Dillon Gee for the New York.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
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