The second game of the series with the Mets looked like the first in a couple of ways and completely different in a third. Again the Phillie starter was awful and again the bullpen was great, but this time the offense hit and hit, plating ten runs to pace the Phils to a win.
Joe Blanton took a 7-0 lead into the fourth inning and couldn’t hold it. He was out of the game and the score was 7-7 before the top of the fifth ended. The bullpen was fantastic. After a solid performance in game one after Hamels left early, they have been called on to throw 11 innings in the first two games of the set and have been charged with one run.
Polanco drove in three runs in the game and Francisco finally got a ball to go out to left, but it was Howard who really drove the offense for the Phils in the game. He went 4-for-4 with a home run and pair of doubles after a frustrating night in the first game of the series.
The Phillies are 4-1 on the year after beating the New York Mets 10-7 last night.
Blanton got the start for the Phils and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on ten hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out six.
Jose Reyes was the first batter of the game and bunted for a single. With Willie Harris at the plate, Reyes stole second and took third on a throwing error by Schneider. Blanton struck Harris out swinging, though, and followed that up by getting David Wright looking. Carlos Beltran flew to left to turn the Mets away.
Up 2-0 when he started the second, Blanton got Angel Pagan and Ike Davis on a pair of ground outs before Brad Emaus reached base on a ball hit out in front of the plate. Josh Thole grounded to second for the third out.
It was 3-0 when he started the third. He struck the pitcher Mike Pelfrey out for the first out and got Reyes to fly to left for the second. Harris singled to right, but Blanton struck Wright out for the second time in three innings to leave Harris at first.
Blanton started the fourth with a 7-0 lead. He hit Beltran to start the inning. Pagan was next and hit an 0-1 pitch just out to left-center, cutting the lead to 7-2. Blanton struck out Davis for the first out before Emaus reached on another infield single. Thole hit into a double-play behind him.
Blanton struck Daniel Murphy, pinch-hitting for the pitcher Taylor Buchholz, out to start the fifth. Reyes was next and hit a ball that landed on the warning track in left for a double. Harris followed that with a walk before Wright singled into center, scoring Reyes to make it 7-3 and moving Harris to second. Beltran was next and he hit the first pitch he saw into center for another single. Harris scored and it was 7-4 with men on first and second for Pagan. Pagan lined a single just passed a diving Rollins and into left, moving everyone up a base to load them for Davis. Davis hit a ball into right that rolled all the way to wall. Wright scored and Beltran scored, bringing Emaus to the plate with men on second and third and the lead cut to 7-6. Blanton walked Emaus on four pitches, loading the bases for the lefty Thole. Bastardo took over for Blanton with Valdez double-switched in at second as well and struck Thole out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Another lefty, Murphy, was next and he swung at the first pitch and singled into left. Everyone moved up another base and Pagan scored to tie the game at 7-7. Reyes lined to Ibanez in left to finally end the frame.
Big strikeout for Bastardo with one out and a man on third, but Murphy follows it up with a single.
Bastardo came back to pitch the sixth with a 9-7 lead and set the Mets down in order.
Romero pitched the seventh up 10-7. He allowed a one-out single to Davis, but Emaus followed Davis and hit into a double-play.
Madson threw a 1-2-3 eighth.
Contreras started the ninth with the Phils still up three. He struck Harris out for the first out got Wright on a popup that Valdez took near the foul line behind first base. Beltran drew a walk, but Contreras got Pagan to line to short to end the game.
Second night in a row that the bullpen pitches great to bail out the starting pitcher. They went 4 2/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk. Romero and Bastardo were both throwing for the second straight day. Contreras threw 21 pitches in the game, Bastardo 20, Madson ten and Romero eight.
The Phillies lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Francisco (7) Orr (8) Schneider. With lefty Jon Niese scheduled to pitch today’s game, Manuel starts lefties Orr and Schneider against the righty and will surely start Ruiz against the lefty today. Wily.
Victorino started the bottom of the first and lined a triple into center. Polanco was next and hit a ball that Emaus handled at second, but Victorino came in to score and put the Phillies up 1-0. Howard was next and lined a double into center. Rollins flew to center for the second out before Ibanez lined a single to left that scored Howard, putting the Phillies up 2-0. Francisco flew to left for the third out.
Orr reached on an infield single to start the second. Schneider was next and flew to left for the first out. Blanton got the bunt down. Pelfrey got to the ball, but his throw wasn’t handled for an error that left the Phils with men on second and third with one out. Victorino was next and hit a ground ball to short. Orr was running on contact and scored from third, extending the lead to 3-0 for the Phils. Polanco was next and lined a single into center, moving Blanton to third. With two down and men on the corners, Rollins struck out to end the inning.
Howard hit Pelfrey’s first pitch of the third out to center for his second home run of the year. It put the Phils up 4-0. Ibanez followed that with another single and Francisco drew a walk. It put men on first and second for Orr and Orr popped a ball into shallow left field that stayed in the air a long, long time, but managed to drop between Reyes and Harris for a single that loaded the bases. That was all for Pelfrey and the Mets brought righty Taylor Buchholz in to pitch to Schneider. Schneider struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out, but Blanton chopped a single down the left field line and Ibanez and Francisco both scored. 6-0 with men on first and third. Victorino struck out looking for the second out before Polanco dropped a flair into right-center field for a single that scored Orr from third and moved Blanton to second with the Phils up 7-0. Rollins struck out swinging 2-2 to leave both runners stranded.
Schneider and Victorino both can’t put the ball in play with less than two outs and a man on third. Monster shot for Howard and a big hit for Blanton.
The lead was cut to 7-2 when the Phils hit in the fourth. Howard led off and lined a double off the wall in left. Ibanez moved Howard to third with a ground out and Francisco got ahead 3-0 before striking out swinging. Buchholz struck Orr out on three pitches to leave Howard at third.
Francisco can’t bring Howard in from third with one out.
The game was tied at 7-7 when the Phils hit in the bottom of the fifth. Schneider and Valdez went down to start the inning before Victorino doubled to left. Polanco was next and singled to right, scoring Victorino to put the Phils up 8-7. Rollins was next and walk, moving Polanco to second. Howard followed and hit a ball that went off of the pitcher Blaine Boyer. Emaus finally tracked it down, but Polanco raced all the way around to score and put the Phils up 9-7. Ibanez grounded to short for the third out.
Great hustle by Polanco to score on the ball hit by Howard.
Francisco started the sixth and hit a 2-2 pitch out to left for his second homer of the year, extending the lead to 10-7. With righty Blaine Boyer pitching for the Mets, Mayberry hit for Bastardo and singled to left. Schneider hit into a double-play and Valdez struck out swinging.
The Phils went in order in the seventh.
Howard walked to start the eighth. Ibanez was next and hit a ground ball to first. Howard was forced at second, but Ibanez beat the relay. Ibanez stole second as Francisco struck out for the second out. With righty Francisco Rodriguez on the mound for New York, Gload hit for Madson and struck out swinging.
Victorino was 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.
Polanco 3-for-5 with three RBI.
Rollins 0-for-4 with a walk.
Howard was 4-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and a home run. Two RBI.
Ibanez 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Francisco 1-for-4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI.
Orr was 2-for-3.
Schneider 0-for-4 with a throwing error and five men left on base.
Halladay (0-0, 1.50) faces lefty Jon Niese (0-0, 2.57) this afternoon. He went six innings against the Astros on opening day, allowing a run on five hits and no walks while striking out six. Niese has also made one start on the year, which came against the Marlins. He allowed two runs over seven innings on four hits and a walk.