Phillies Clobber Mets, Earn Series Win
- Updated: April 28, 2013
After scoring a combined 10 runs in in four games against the Pirates earlier this week, the Phillies exploded for nine runs today against the Mets at Citi Field. They finished with 12 hits on the day, and had men on base in six innings of nine innings.
Jonathan Pettibone, coming off a great major league debut against Pittsburgh on Monday, was just as good today against the slumping Mets. He was in trouble in spots on the day, but allowed just three runs on seven hits in five innings of work.
He allowed back to back doubles in the second to give the Mets a 1-0 lead, but it wouldn’t last long.
Pettibone would lead off the third inning with a single, followed by a walk to Jimmy Rollins. Chase Utley, the team leader in home runs and runs batted in, then laced a ball to left center field that bounced over the wall for a ground rule double, and a 1-1 ballgame. JRoll would advance to third on the double, and scored on a wild pitch from Mets’ starter Shawn Marcum for a 2-1 lead.
With Utley now on third, Ryan Howard hit a sacrifice fly to left field for a 3-1 Phils advantage.
Pettibone worked his way out of a jam in the fourth. After a sacrifice fly Ike Davis made it 3-2, Pettibone got center fielder Jordany Valdespin to ground into a 6-3 double play, the second one on the day by Mets’ hitters.
The Phillies broke it open in the fifth inning, when Rollins led off the inning with a double against Met’s left handed reliever Robert Carson. Third baseman Michael Young followed with a walk. After a pop up by Utley, Howard stepped in a hit a hard ground ball past Ruben Tejada at shortstop, bringing Rollins around to make it 4-2 Phillies.
Domonic Brown then hit a line drive three run home run to right centerfield to make it 7-2. Brown and Howard both came through with hits with runners in scoring position against a lefthander, something the team has struggled to do for most of this season.
As if that were not enough, John Mayberry Jr., playing center field today, crushed a ball to left field for a solo home run and an 8-2 Phillies advantage. It was the first time the Phils have hit back to back home runs all season.
They would tack on another run in the seventh, and the final score was 9-4.
The Phillies bullpen, a sore spot for most of the season thus far, showed up today and made the lead stand up. They failed to do so in consecutive games against the Pirates, blowing a two run lead twice.
Raul Valdes, Chad Durbin and Jeremy Horst went a combined four innings and allowed only one run on one hit, a solo home run by Mets catcher John Buck.
Pettibone’s earned run average sits at 4.35 in his two starts in which he’s gone a total of 10 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on thirteen hits.
After losing three out of four to the Pirates, winning the first two games against the arch rival Mets might serve as a confidence builder for the inconsistent offense. They’ve now scored 13 runs on 20 hits in their last two games.
They send Cole Hamels to the mound tomorrow in the rubber match. Hamels is still looking for his first win on the year, with record of 0-3. He’ll be opposed by Jonathan Niese for the Mets. First pitch is slated for 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.
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