The frustration continues, I think I’m going to check into rehab. I really don’t know how the Phillies lost 5-2 to the Mets tonight. Worst loss of the season.
So after Cole Hamels picked up a five game suspension for telling the truth after a game and Jayson Werth going on a little crying spree to the Washington Post we actually played a ole fashioned ball game tonight under the lights in Philadelphia.
The Phillies put a one in the run column two batters into the game, Jimmy Rollins had a great at bat to leadoff the game, maybe the best at bat of the year. Rollins would double to center field and make it to third after some terrible fielding by center fielder Andres Torres, John Mayberry Jr. who was in the two hole tonight batted next and he flew out to center field for a RBI sacrifice fly. First RBI for Mayberry since April 15.
Just like that, one of the best pitcher in major league baseball over the past couple of years has an early lead to work with.
The Phillies would add another run in the bottom of the second inning with a RBI double off of the bat of Placido Polanco that scored Carlos Ruiz all the way from first base, the Choocher was chugging from first base to score on that play. Glad to see the Phillies hitting the ball well through the first few innings.
Roy Halladay was pitching splendid tonight, he was throwing the kitchen sink at hitters and really don’t know who could even hit these pitches Halladay was heaving up there on a regular basis.
A walk to Andres Torres in the top of the sixth inning sparked a two out rally for the Mets that would eventually produce two runs in the inning and even up the game at two, that ended a string of 13 batters in a row retired by Roy Halladay.
Halladay pitched seven innings and allowed two runs off of five hits, his great outing results in a no decision.
The Phillies threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning with bases loaded and one out. Hunter Pence killed that rally by hitting into a questionable double play, Pence was called safe at first base but Victorino was called for interference sliding into second base so the inning was over. The play is rarely called and is not very consistent so it’s whatever.
The Phillies went to the bullpen in the top of the eighth inning and used Antonio Bastardo, he was able to get a timely 5-3 double play to get out of the inning and out of the one out jam.
The Phillies bats had another chance in the bottom of the eighth to give the Phillies the go ahead lead but again stranded two runners on base.
In the top of the ninth inning the Phillies used Jonathan Papelbon in a tie game, I actually forgot we even had Papelbon on are team because of the lack of use, his last outing was last Tuesday in Atlanta. Papelbon had two outs in the inning but then allowed a three run home run to Jordany Valdespin, I have never heard of him and if you did before tonight you need to get a life.
Valdespin’s 3-run shot was the first Mets home run since April 29, a span of 69 innings.
Phillies next game is tomorrow night at 7:05 Pm EST against the New York Mets, Joe Blanton will take the hill for the Phillies.
44,365 fans at Citizens bank Park tonight, 215th consecutive regular-season sellout
Some Other Notes
About an hour and thirty minutes before tonight’s Phillies game Major League Baseball announced that they had suspended Cole Hamels five games for admitting he hit Bryce Harper with a 93 mph fastball after the game.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said this afternoon he was disappointed in the comments Cole Hamels made after the game about him hitting Bryce Harper on purpose.
Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to talk about Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo’s comments. You can find Rizzo’s comments about Cole Hamels here.