Jerome Williams and the Phillies lost to the Mets for the 10th time in the last 11 games with Tuesday’s 6-5 defeat. (USA Today Images)
PattisonAve.com followers (I know there is at least one or two out there ;),
For those of you keeping score, I am platooning for Zach Bates
tonight and he is pinch hitting for me while I ride the plastic pine @ the ballpark on Thursday. If either game is like last night I am in for long nights @ the keyboard and in my seat in sec. 423 row 4, where I have been sitting since the park opened. Come visit me if you are at the game. Me and the two guys in front of me are often the only Phillies fans in that section these days.
On to tonight’s contest between your Philadelphia Phillies, and the New York Mets.
Speaking of those Metropolitans, they started right where they left off last night w/ a 2 run Shot by Yoenis Cespedes
, scoring Curtis Granderson
who reached on an error by Ryan Howard(5)
. Phils starter Jerome Williams
, who needed a bounce-back game after his last rough start, settled down after that to end the inning w/ a
on Kelly Johnson
Mets bottom of the order contributed the next inning w/ a 2 out single by Travis d’ Arnaud and then a triple by Mets starter Noah Syndergaard to make it 3-0.
Meanwhile Syndergaard continued his mastery of the Phillies he showed back in a 7-0 win on 5/27, when he also hit a HR.
That was until the 3rd where Carlos Ruiz, lead off w/ a Fan Interference double in LCF. It looked like Syndergaard was going to get out of it like the inning before where he struck out the side after a lead-off walk. But after a failed bunt attempt by Williams, and a K of Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis(6) picked them up w/ a line drive over the RCF wall. They continued to score after a throwing error by Johnson, extended the inning so Howard(21) could do his Rainbow thing to LCF to give the Phils the lead.
Williams followed w/ a much needed SDI in the 4th.
It turned out to be only 5.1 Innings for Williams though, who was relieved by Jeanmar Gomez w/ 2 men on, one out. After a line out to Freddy, he then walked two in a row for the tying run and then gave up a single to Michael Cuddyer to hand the Mets the lead. This left Jerome on the hook for the L and a final line of 5 runs, 4 earned, 2 walks, 5 ks. He pitched better than that line shows getting out of a few jams as is his wont, and deserved a ND at worst. This kind of two out rally by NY though, showed why they are a 1st place club and the Phils in last. If David Wright and the rest of the team stay healthy, they could seriously be a force in the NL East.
But these 2nd half Phightin’s showed they have no quit in them as they scratched out one run back, in the bottom of the inning, on an inf single by the speedy Andres Blanco followed by a line drive 1b by Domonic Brown moving him to 3rd, and a GO RBI by Carlos Ruiz.
Except for bench coach Larry Bowa reliving his managerial days getting tossed by home plate ump Dan Bellino over some thing or another about a quick pitch, and the benches semi emptying, and a scattered walk or two, the last few innings were pretty much controlled by the bullpens of both sides.
The game finally came to an end as Mets closer Juerys Familia went 1.1 innings, striking out 2 of the 4 batters he faced, and the Phils find a way once again to lose to the Mets this year, now 1 and 10, 7th consecutive loss, against them.
Your final score: 6 – 5 in favor of the Mets. The win goes to Noel Syndergaard (8-6) , and the L gets pinned on Jerome Williams (4-10), in front of 23,544, maybe at least 1/2 of which seemed to be Mets fans, @ Citizens Bank Park.
As noted above the Phils have a seven-game losing streak against the Mets, their 1st since 1971-72, when they lost 10 straight
The Home teams batters struck out a season high 16 times, killing many chances to score.
On the Posidelphian side, Ryan Howard has homered in b2b games, and now has 21 and 72 RBI’s both leading the club. Far cry from the guy in the 1st half of the season who was regularly being booed.
Tomorrow night it will be the NKOTB, Jerad Eickhoff (1-0) vs the Old Man on the Hill Bartolo Colon (10-11)