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Flushed in Flushing

A.J. Burnett took the mound tonight with scouts in the stands. At least four teams had personnel watching the Phillies’ hurler make his final start before the trade deadline. Suffice it to day, he did not make a good impression.

Before the sun could set in Queens, the Mets were ahead 4-0 and did not look back. Burnett walked the lead-off man, and allowed three doubles and a single in the inning.

The Mets added three more in the fifth inning, Burnett’s final inning of work. He would walk Lucas Duda, allow a single to Chris Young, and culminated with a home run to former Phils’ prospect Travis d’Arnaud. The Mets led 7-0, and Burnett was gone. He finished with eight hits allowed, two walks and a wild pitch to go along with the seven runs.

Meanwhile, Mets’ starter Barolo Colon, who was also being scouted on this night, threw seven plus innings of one run ball. He allowed 10 hits and struck out six Phillies.

The Phillies did manage to outhit the Mets 13-9, except that all but one of those hits were singles. They went 2-8 with runners in scoring position, and left 12 men on base. They scored only one run, which came on a double by Carlos Ruiz that scored Domonic Brown.

Taking one on the chin from the arch rival Mets brought the Phillies back down to Earth after taking the weekend series with Arizona. Once again the Phillies gained the slightest bit of traction, only to immediately fall flat.

With Eagles’ training camp now underway, August could prove cumbersome as the dog days of summer set in for the Fightin’ Phils.

It’s going to be a long two months.

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