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Lack Of Offense Dooms Phils

The Philadelphia Phillies began the second half of the 2013 season with a bang on Friday night, pounding out 13 runs on 15 hits to take down the New York Mets 13-8. They came into this series winners of their last three series and looked to continue that string with this series in Flushing, New York.

Cole Hamels started today for the Fightins in search of his fourth straight win and fifth of the season. He would get off to a rocky start.

Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a solo home run to put the Phillies ahead off the bat 1-0. Hamels would labor through the bottom of the third, however. He allowed a one out double to Daniel Murphy, followed by a walk to David Wright. Murphy would steal third and score on a single by one time Phillie Marlon Byrd to tie the game at 1-1.

Hamels then walked first baseman Josh Satin to load the bases for centerfielder Juan Lagares. He would single home Wright on a soft pop fly to shallow right field that alluded Chase Utley and made it 2-1 Mets. Cather Anthony Recker would bat next, and ground sharply to Michael Young at third for what should have been an inning ending double play.

Young, however, struggled to get the ball out of his glove and Recker was safe at first. Byrd scored and the Mets led 3-1.

The Phils had multiple chances to even the score, none better than the top of the fifth inning. Back to back singles from Hamels & Rollins to start the inning, followed by a walk to Michael Young would load the bases with nobody out. Utley stepped up with a chance to do some damage, but had to settle for a sacrifice fly to deep left field. Hamels scored to make it 3-2, but that’s all the Phillies would get in the inning.

It was a run Hamels would give right back, as in the bottom of the inning Eric Young, Jr. led off with a single. He stole second and scored on a single by Wright, making it 4-2. Hamels was finished after five innings of work, allowing seven hits and four Met runs. He struck out five, but also had two walks that would prove costly.

The Mets tacked on another run in the seventh against the Phillies bullpen to make it 5-2. The Phillies would not score again until their last at-bat, where with two outs; Michael Young reached on an error by Satin. Utley then roped a two run home run to right centerfield to cut the lead to 5-4.

Domonic Brown then doubled to left centerfield to put the tying run in scoring position. The next batter was Darin Ruf, and he lined out sharply to second base. He hit the ball right on the screws, but right at Daniel Murphy.

Hamels’ record fell to 4-12 on the year, and his team left 10 men on base on the afternoon, going 1-10 with runners in scoring position. The Phils managed to outhit the Mets 10-9, but were not able to outscore them.

The Phils get back at it tomorrow for the rubber match at Citi Field, sending Cliff Lee to the mound seeking the series win. He’ll be opposed by National League All-Star starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who is 7-2 this season with a miniscule earned run average of 2.35.

Both teams will have their work cut out for them it what is shaping up to be quite the pitcher’s duel.

Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com

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