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Case of the Mondays

After five straight games, no one in Philadelphia is sorry to see the New York Mets leave town. That is not only because they’re the Phillies’ arch rivals, but because they’ve been here since last Thursday.

It’s also because they came in and took four out of five from the Phillies this weekend. The teams played a total of 57 innings in those five games. The last two were very winnable games for the Phils, but errors and missed opportunities with men in scoring position would cost them.

The Mets had scored first in every game this series, and did so again tonight. Phils’ starter Roberto Hernandez allowed back to back doubles to Bobby Abreu and Lucas Duda in the top of the second, good for a 1-0 lead.

The Phils nearly tied the game in the bottom of the second, when Ryan Howard stepped up against Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon. Howard hit a 3-2 pitch from Colon deep to center. Center-fielder Matt den Dekker made a great leaping catch over the short fence in center to save the run for Colon. den Dekker would save another run in the third when Reid Brignac led off with a single, and was sacrificed to second. Ben Revere singled to den Dekker who would nail Brignac at the plate, keeping it a 1-0 Mets’ lead.

The Mets padded their lead in the top of the sixth, starting with a den Dekker single. Daniel Murphy followed with a single, and then David Wright doubled to bring them both home for a 3-0 lead. After retiring Curtis Granderson, Hernandez would walk Abreu, and that would be all for him. He was replaced by Mario Hollands, and the first man he faced was Lucas Duda.

Duda would ground sharply to Chase Utley at second, and Chase booted what could have been a double play ball. Duda was safe at first and the bases were loaded with only one out. Shortstop Wilmer Flores then doubled to bring home Wright and Abreu for a 5-0 New York lead. All runs were charged to Hernandez, who finished with five runs allowed on five hits in 5.1 innings pitched.

The Phillies would finally score in the bottom of the sixth inning, starting with a lead-off single by Cesar Hernandez. Utley followed with a double to setup a second and third, no out chance. Howard would ground out to first and Hernandez scored to make it 5-1. They would fail to score again in the inning. So much for second and third, nobody out. They would score another run in the eighth to make it 5-2, but would not score again.

The Mets added more runs in the ninth inning, ultimately winning the game 11-2. They scored six runs in the inning, culminating with a grand slam by Flores off of Phillippe Aumont. It was the second home run Aumont had allowed in as many games. In less than two innings pitched since his call up, Aumont has allowed two home runs, good for a 21. 60 earned run average.

The Phillies left six men on base and went 1-8 with runners in scoring position. They were done in by den Dekker on two plays, but Pete Mackanin should not have sent Brignac home in the third. The hit by Revere was not deep in center and Brignac is an average runner. Utley’s error in the sixth was also costly, in that the potential double play would have ended the inning.

The Phils have lost four of their last six games and are now 24-31 on the year. They travel our nation’s capital tomorrow to take on the Nationals. Youngster David Buchanan gets the start against Jordan Zimmerman for Washington. First pitch, 7:05 pm.

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