I was too consumed by hockey to watch a minute of it, but the Mets won a baseball game last night 10-6 over Philadelphia. It was New York’s third straight win over the Phillies and their first sweep in that city since 2006. The winning pitchers in that series were Chad Bradford, Darren Oliver and Steve Trachsel. Yeah, it’s safe to say the Metsies were overdue for some success in Philadelphia.
In my pre-game report for The Daily Stache, I mentioned that Phils starter Cliff Lee would be limited to around 85 pitches because last night was his first start since hitting the disabled list with a strained rib cage muscle. That turned out to be pretty important, because the Mets trailed 4-2 after six innings, and Lee was lifted after those six innings with only 84 pitches under his belt.
In the seventh, Kyle Kendrick came on in relief and completely messed everything up for Philadelphia. Kirk Nieuwenhuis pinch hit for utility man Vinny Rottino and led off with a walk. Then, Justin Turner lobbed an 0-2 fastball over center fielder Shane Victorino’s head for an RBI double. After Ike Davis and straight-outta-Buffalo catcher Rob Johnson reached to load the bases, Kendrick hit Lucas Duda with a pitch to tie the game at 4-4.
Amazingly, Kedrick stayed in the game and allowed the Mets to take the lead on an Andres Torres RBI ground out. In the eighth, David Wright and Scott Hairston hit back-to-back doubles to make the score 6-4 and finally get Kendrick to hand over the ball to Jose Contreras. After the pitching change, Nieuwenhuis struck out and Justin Turner hit a fly ball that was dropped by Hunter Pence. That set the stage for a three-run bomb from Ike Davis that made the score 9-4 and effectively ended the game.
Dillon Gee started the game for New York and, by most accounts, was not very good.
“I was not good — probably by far the worst I’ve felt all year,” Gee told reporters after the game. “I just had zero command. I was behind to everyone and I had no command of the curveball. It’s tough to pitch like that.”
Gee allowed 10 hits and four runs in 5.2 innings. His command couldn’t have been completely awful, because he didn’t walk anybody and struck out four batters. However, with a hit total so high, you have to think he was overcompensating for something by throwing right over the plate.
If Gee really felt as awful as he said, then the outing doesn’t seem so bad. It is troubling, though, when Freddy Galvis hits a double off the wall in the opposite field against you.
More Mets notes
- Andres Torres was a beast in the lead-off spot last night. He reached base three times, including with a solo home run that he pulled down the right field line in the ninth inning.
- Tim Byrdak retired the one batter he faced in the sixth, and Manny Acosta used a double play to get through the seventh. Jon Rauch and D.J. Carrasco each allowed a run in the eighth and the ninth, respectively.
- For the Phillies, Freddy Galvis was just a home run short of the cycle.
The Mets have the day off today. On Friday they’ll be in Miami to play in Marlins Park for the first time. Johan Santana will take the mount to duel against Mark Buehrle.