The Phils took the first game of their three-game set with the Mets, but lost the next two and will have to wait at least another day if they’re going to win the NL East. With the loss by the Padres yesterday, the Phillies are assured of at least winning the NL Wild Card.
Cole Hamels was ineffective for the first time since mid-August in yesterday’s game. He battled a tough strike zone, but the Mets were all over him as well. Hamels lasted just four innings, allowing five runs as Beltran and Wright both took him out of the yard. Utley hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to get the Phils back in the game, but Madson got tagged for a pair of runs in the ninth and the Phils lost 7-3.
The Phillies are 93-63 on the year after yesterday’s loss. They are in first place in the NL East with a six game lead over the Atlanta Braves and a magic number of one. The Padres are now the Wild Card leaders, a half game ahead of Atlanta.
Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out two. It was the first time he had allowed more than two runs in a start since August 19.
Hamels threw a 1-2-3 first.
David Wright led off the second for the Mets and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left. 1-0. Joaquin Arias doubled to left with two outs and the Phillies walked Henry Blanco in the eight hole intentionally. It put men on first and second for the pitcher Pat Misch. Hamels struck him out swinging 2-2 to leave both men stranded.
Jose Reyes and Nick Evans singled back-to-back to start the third, putting men on first and second with no outs. With Carlos Beltran at the plate, Reyes was thrown out stealing third for the first out. Beltran moved Evans to second with a single, but Wright hit into a double-play to end the frame.
Hamels walked Angel Pagan to start the fourth. Ike Davis followed that with a single that moved Pagan to third. Arias was next and hit a dribbler down the third base line. Hamels got to the ball quickly and Pagan, presumably thinking he would be out at the plate, stopped between third and home. Pagan was tagged out after a rundown with Davis moving to third. With one out and men on first and third, Hamels walked Blanco and the bases were loaded. He struck out the pitcher Misch for the second out, but Reyes singled into center with everyone moving up a base and Davis scoring to extend the lead to 2-0. Evans followed that with a double into center. Arias and Blanco scored, but Victorino threw Reyes out at the plate to set New York down with a 4-0 lead.
Herndon started the fifth. Beltran led off and homered to left center. 5-0. Herndon got the next two before he walked Davis. Arias struck out to leave Davis at first.
Herndon was pitching for the second day in a row for the fourth time this season.
The lead was cut to 5-3 when Worley started the sixth. He walked pinch-hitter Chris Carter with one out, but got the next two hitters.
Worley hasn’t been charged with a run in three appearances as a reliever for the Phils this season.
Durbin pitched the seventh. Wright doubled with one out. Durbin struck Pagan out behind him for the second out and then walked the lefty Davis intentionally. Lefty Lucas Duda hit for Arias and popped to short to leave both men stranded.
Not a fan of the walk to Davis there. The Mets lose Arias, but wind up with a lefty against Durbin with two men on instead of a lefty against Durbin with one man on.
Durbin was pitching for the second straight day after allowing a run on two hits while getting two outs in Saturday’s game. He came into the game with a 7.27 ERA in September, having allowed seven runs in 8 2/3 innings.
Contreras got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth.
Contreras hasn’t been charged with a run in his last five appearances.
Madson started the ninth with the Phils down two. Evans singled and Beltran homered again. 7-3. Wright walked on five pitches and that was it for Madson. Baez took over and got a pair of strikeouts as he set down the next three hitters.
First time in 14 appearances that Madson was charged with a run.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Pat Misch went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez.
Victorino was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the first. He moved to second out a ground out by Polanco before Utley walked. Howard flew to left for the second out and Werth grounded to third to end the inning.
Down 1-0, the Phils went in order in the second.
Polanco singled to left with two outs in the third. Utley grounded to second to leave him stranded.
They were down 4-0 when they hit in the fourth. Werth and Ibanez singled back-to-back with one out. It put men on first and third for Ruiz, but Ruiz hit into a double-play to end the inning.
Valdez started the fifth with a single with the Phils down 5-0. Mayberry hit for Hamels and reached on an infield single that moved Valdez to second. Victorino flew to right for the first out, with Valdez tagging and taking third. Polanco struck out for the second out, but Utley hit a 3-1 pitch just out to right for a three-run homer that got the Phils back in the game at 5-3. Howard followed that with a double, but Werth struck out swinging to leave him there.
No RBI for Polanco with one out and a man on third.
Ibanez started the bottom of the sixth with a double and moved to third when Ruiz followed and grounded out. Valdez grounded back to the pitcher for the second out. With righty Manny Acosta on the mound for New York, Gload hit for Worley and flew to center for the third out.
Again no RBI for the Phils with less than two outs and a man on third. This time Valdez grounds to the pitcher.
Polanco walked with one out in the seventh, but Utley and Howard went down behind him.
Werth started the eighth with a walk. A ground out by Ibanez moved him to second before Ruiz flew to center. With righty Elmer Dessens on the mound for New York, Rollins hit for Valdez and grounded to first.
First at-bat for Rollins since September 8. He stayed in the game to play short in the ninth.
The Phils were down 7-3 when they hit in the ninth. Victorino singled to right with one out, but Polanco and Utley both flew to center and the game was over.
Victorino was 1-for-4. 3-for-11 with a double, a home run and a walk in the series. He’s hitting 262/330/436 for the year.
Polanco 1-for-4 with a walk. 3-for-12 with a walk and three singles in the series. 265/321/312 in 238 plate appearances since the start of August.
Utley 1-for-4 with a walk and a three-run homer. 3-for-11 with two walks and a home run in the series. He has at least one hit in eight games in a row and is at 279/391/454 for the season.
Howard 1-for-4 with a double. 3-for-11 with a walk, a double and a home run in the series. 278/353/515 on the year.
Werth 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-10 with two walks in the series. 292/385/518 on the year.
Ibanez 2-for-4 with a double. 3-for-12 with a double in the series. 273/350/442 for the year. 391/440/667 over his last 75 plate appearances.
Ruiz 0-for-4 and left four men on base. 1-for-11 in the set. 293/392/434 on the year.
Valdez 1-for-3. 3-for-8 with a double and a walk in the series. 259/302/361 for the year. 339/403/429 over 63 plate appearances in his last 16 games.
Roy Halladay (20-10, 2.53) faces lefty John Lannan (8-7, 4.58) tonight. Halladay has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last six starts, pitching to a 4.32 ERA and a 1.27 ratio. After going 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA in the first half of the season, Lannan has gone 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA in his ten starts since the break.