The Phillies scored seven runs in their last two times at bat on Sunday as they beat the Mets 8-2 to salvage a game in the three-game set. The outburst was most-welcomed by a Phillies team that managed just two runs in losing the first two games of the series.
The Phils got more outstanding starting pitching in yesterday’s game, this time from Cole Hamels. Hamels allowed two runs in the top of the first, but followed that up with six shutout frames and wound up striking out ten over seven innings. He has struck out 19 in 12 1/3 innings for the year.
The Phillies are 4-5 on the season after beating the Mets 8-2 yesterday afternoon. The Mets take the series two games to one.
Hamels started the game for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. One hit went for extra-bases, a two-run homer to Ike Davis. He struck out ten.
He got the first two hitters in the top of the first before righty David Wright singled to right field. Davis was next and hit the first pitch from Hamels out to right, putting the Mets on top 2-0. Scott Hairston flew to left for the third out of the inning.
Two starts, two home runs allowed by Hamels. Cutting down on home runs was a big part of his success in 2011. Through 12 1/3 innings he has allowed 1.46 per nine, which is the worst rate for his career.
The lead was cut to 2-1 when Hamels threw a 1-2-3 second, striking out Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis and getting Mike Nickeas on a fly ball to right.
He struck out Ruben Tejada in a 1-2-3 third.
Wright struck out looking to start the fourth before Davis singled to center. Hairston struck out swinging for the second out before Duda moved Davis to second with a single to right. Nieuwenhuis flew to center to leave both runners stranded.
Hamels walked Nickeas on a 3-2 pitch to start the fifth. Pitcher Mike Pelfrey was next and bunted, but Ruiz fielded the bunt, threw to Rollins at second for the first out and Rollins threw to first to complete the double-play. Hamels struck Tejada out looking 1-2 to end the frame.
Wright singled with one out in the sixth, but was picked off and caught stealing for the second out before Davis struck out swinging.
Hairston singled to left to start the seventh. Lucas Duda was next and hit a ground ball to second. Hairston was forced at second for the first out with Duda safe at first. Hamels struck out Nieuwenhuis for the second out and got Nickeas on a fly ball to right to set New York down.
Qualls threw the eighth with the Phillies on top 3-2. Lefty Mike Baxter hit for the pitcher and grounded to second for the first out. Tejada grounded to third for the second before Daniel Murphy singled into center on a ball deflected by Rollins. Wright lined to first to leave Murphy stranded.
Fourth appearance of the year for Qualls, who has still not been charged with a run. In four innings, he has allowed three hits and a walk.
Papelbon started the ninth inning with the Phillies up 8-2. Really he did. He got Davis on a ground ball he handled himself for the first out and struck Hairston out looking for the second. Duda and Nieuwenhuis singled back-to-back, putting men on first and second for Nickeas. Lefty Josh Thole hit for the righty Nickeas and Papelbon walked him to load the bases. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Miguel Batista and Papelbon struck him out swinging 0-2 to end the game.
Papelbon threw 26 pitches in the game. Golly. He’s still allowed just one run on the year over four innings in four appearances. Qualls threw eight pitches in the game.
The Phillies lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Pierre (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Wigginton (6) Nix (7) Ruiz (8) Orr. Orr starts at second, Wigginton at third and Nix at first. Pierre leads off with Victorino hitting second. First action of the year for Orr.
Down 2-0, Pierre and Victorino singled back-to-back to start the bottom of the first, putting runners on first and second for Rollins. Rollins singled to right and Pierre came in to score from second, sliding in just ahead of the throw to cut the lead to 2-1 with men on first and second. Pence was next and grounded to third with Victorino forced at third for the first out. Rollins and Pence pulled off a double-steal before Wigginton lined to short for the second out. Nix walked to load the bases, but they were left loaded when Ruiz grounded to first to end the inning.
Three hits, two stolen bases and a walk get one run for the Phils. Wigginton hit a soft liner to short on a 3-2 pitch with runners on second and third and one out.
Hamels and Pierre singled back-to-back with one out in the second, putting runners on first and second for Victorino. Victorino hit a ball back up the middle that Pelfrey knocked down, then threw to third to force Hamels for the second out. Rollins grounded to third to end the inning.
Nix struck out swinging at a wild pitch with two outs in the third and made it safely to first when the ball rolled into the dugout. Ruiz grounded to short to set the Phillies down.
Pierre singled to center with two outs in the fourth. Victorino walked behind him, but Pierre was thrown out trying to steal third to end the inning.
I think it’s probably better just to let the guy go ahead and hit with a man on first and second if you do the math.
Pence singled with one out in the fifth, but Wigginton and Rollins went down behind him.
Ruiz started the sixth with a single into center. Orr flew to left for the first out before Hamels bunted Ruiz to second. Pierre grounded to the pitcher to leave Ruiz at second.
Rollins and Pence singled back-to-back off of righty Ramon Ramirez with one out in the seventh, putting men on first and second for Wigginton. The first pitch to Wigginton was wild, allowing the runners to move up to second and third. Wigginton hit a ball to the warning track for the second out. Pence moved up to third and Rollins scored, tying the game 2-2. Nix followed Wigginton with two down and a man on third. He smashed an 0-2 pitch into the left field corner and just out of the reach of Hairston for a double, scoring Pence to put the Phils up 3-2. Mayberry ran for Nix at second, but Ruiz grounded out to leave him there.
Nix goes the opposite way and the ball could have been caught by Hairston, although it would have been a nice catch up against the wall. Wigginton stays in to hit against the righty Ramirez and comes through with a long fly ball to right to bring home the first run of the frame.
Orr doubled off of righty Manny Acosta to start the eighth. Thome hit for Qualls and struck out swinging 3-2 for the first out. Polanco was next and hit a ground ball to short. Tejada fielded and threw to first, but his throw was bad and pulled Davis off of first for an error. Victorino flew to right for the second out, with Orr tagging and moving up to third. Rollins followed that with a walk, which loaded the bases. Pence was next and Acosta walked him on a 3-2 pitch, forcing in Orr to put the Phillies up 4-2. Wigginton got ahead 2-0 and doubled over the head of Hairston in left on a 2-2 pitch, clearing the bases to put the Phils up 7-2. Mayberry was next and hit a ball that rolled up the first base line, looking like it was going to go foul, but then went fair at the last minute and Batista finally picked it up. Wigginton rolled around to score just ahead of throw from Bastista. 8-2. Ruiz grounded to third to end the inning.
Tejada’s error was big, but the Phils still had no runs in the inning, two outs and men on first and third before Acosta started walking everyone. Big hit for Wigginton. Mayberry’s hit was silly-looking.
Pierre was 3-for-4 in the game and 4-for-6 in the series. 7-for-20 with seven singles on the season.
Victorino 1-for-4 with a walk. 3-for-13 with a walk in the set. 294/368/382 for the season. Just one extra-base hit on the year through 39 plate appearances.
Rollins 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in the game. 6-for-12 with a walk and a double in the series. 11-for-his-last-25 and hitting 351/368/378 for the year. He also has just one extra-base hit in 39 plate appearances for the season (his is a double and Victorino’s is a home run).
Pence was 2-for-4 with a walk. 2-for-12 with a walk and an RBI in the series. 314/368/457 so far.
Wigginton was 1-for-4 with a double and drove in four runs. 2-for-6 with a walk in the series. 4-for-18 with two walks, a double and a home run on the year. Polanco was 0-for-1 in the game and 1-for-9 in the series. He’s 6-for-31 (.194) with a walk and six singles on the season.
Nix 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI. He’s 1-for-8 on the year. Mayberry was 1-for-1 with an RBI in the game and 2-for-9 with an RBI in the series. 250/250/286 on the year.
Ruiz was 1-for-5 in the game and left six men on base. 2-for-10 with a double in the series. 308/345/500 on the year, but just 4-for-his-last-20 after going 4-for-6 to start the season.
Orr 1-for-4 with a double in the game in his first action of the season. Galvis didn’t bat yesterday, but was 3-for-7 with a home run in the set. He’s hitting 222/250/407 in 29 plate appearances for the year.
The Mets won Saturday’s game 5-0. Wright homered off of Worley with two outs in the first to give the Mets the early lead. In the fourth they got two walks and four hits, including a two-run homer from Duda, extending the lead to 4-0. Stutes allowed a run in the top of the ninth when Mike Bixler walked, stole second and was singled home by Tejada. The Phillies had six hits in the game, all singles, as Jonathan Niese tossed 6 2/3 innings and was backed by 2 1/3 scoreless frames from Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch.
On Friday, the Phils couldn’t do enough against RA Dickey to overcome a rough first inning from Cliff Lee and lost 5-2 in the series opener. Lee allowed back-to-back doubles to Tejada and Murphy to start the game, putting the Mets up 1-0. With two outs in the frame, Jason Bay hit a two-run homer that made it 3-0. Lee was good after that, going seven innings in the game and allowing just one more run on a solo homer by Hairston in the fifth. Kendrick allowed the other run, which was unearned, in a rough top of the ninth as the first three batters he faced reached on two walks and an error by Rollins. Galvis hit his first career home run in the third, a solo shot off of Dickey. The other run for the Phillies came in the ninth when Ruiz doubled and scored on an error by Murphy on a ball hit by Pierre.
Rollins was 3-for-4 with a double in the game and Galvis 2-for-4 with a homer.
The Phillies activated Contreras and sent Savery to Triple-A.