What started off as a promising weekend turned into a series loss against NL East rivals Mets. The Phillies lone win this weekend came Friday night as ace Cole Hamels outlasted New York’s ace Matt Harvey. Hamels went seven strong innings only giving up one run along with eight strikeouts. With the game still tied 1-1 in the fourth inning, Ryan Howard hit his sixth home run of the season which gave the Phillies the lead they would not surrender. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning sealing the 3-1 win for his club. Papelbon is now tied with Jose Mesa for the all-time lead in saves for the Phillies with 112.
Aaron Harang, who is emerging as one of the few bright spots of the team this season, lost a tough one to the Mets on Saturday. Both Harang and Mets pitcher Jon Neise went seven innings giving up two unearned runs. It was Cesar Hernandez’s error in the seventh inning that turned costly. The Phillies gave up their 2-1 lead that inning and the Mets went on to win, 3-2.
Sunday saw Chad Billingsley start for the first time as a Phillie at Citizens Bank Park, but his results were very similar to his season debut. Billingsley went five plus innings giving up five earned runs. His highlight of the day came from his bat when he hit a solo home run against Bartolo Colon. That home run was not enough as the Phillies went on to lose 7-4 to close out the series against the Mets. Somewhat notable is Chase Utley, who saw his batting average dip to .099 on Friday, increase his average to .116 by the end of the weekend. He currently has more RBI (14) than he does hits (11).
The Phillies continue the home stand as the Pittsburgh Pirates come into town for a four game series at Citizens Bank Park. Game one of the four game series is tomorrow at 7:05 PM.