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The Phillies kicked off alumni weekend Friday night at the Bank. They began with a brief speech from former ace Roy Halladay, who also threw out the first pitch. There was also a giveaway in his honor in the form of a bobblehead doll.

As for the game, the new #34 took the mound tonight in the person of A.J. Burnett. Burnett has struggled in his last six starts, allowing a total of 12 runs in his last two. He was ejected from his last start in Washington after an inning and two thirds.

The New York Mets countered with right-hander Bartolo Colon, and he would hold the Phillies in check for eight innings. Colon allowed one earned run, which came on a solo home run by Marlon Byrd. Other than that, he allowed five other hits and struck out six.

Burnett would allow five runs on the night, with four coming in the fourth inning. The Mets went single, single, double, single before Burnett recorded an out. With the score 2-0, Curtis Granderson notched an RBI single & Daniel Murphy repeated the feat to make it 4-0. Burnett allowed a total of six hits in the inning.

He would finish going six innings, with five runs allowed on 11 hits. He also walked two and struck out eight. Burnett has just two quality starts in his last six, going seven innings only twice. Walks often get him in trouble, and he’s yielded 15 bases on balls in his last 33 innings pitched. His 2014 earned run average is now 4.29 and he’s 6-12 in 25 starts.

That being said, he had no run support tonight. The offense did not mount a threat until the ninth inning against the Mets’ bullpen.

Chase Utley hustled out a double to start the inning, followed by a Ryan Howard walk. After a pitching change, Byrd singled to load the bases with nobody out.

After Carlos Ruiz lined out, Grady Sizemore double Utley & Howard home to make it 5-3. Cody Asche then grounded out to first, but Byrd would score to make it a one run game with two outs. Unfortunately, pinch-hitter Reid Brignac would strikeout looking to end the ballgame.

The Phils send current ace Cole Hamels to the mound tonight, as they honor the winningest manager in their history. Charlie Manuel will be inducted into the Phillies’ Wall of Fame prior to the ballgame. It’s the second leg of a weekend full of Alumni festivities.

The Manuel induction begins at 6:50 pm, while the game may begin closer to 7:15.

Stats Courtesy of TheScore.com

Photo Courtesy of NJ.com