The Phillies dismantled the Mets last night behind fantastic pitching from Tyler Cloyd and a flood of offense. The Phils scored eight runs in the first inning on their way to a 16-1 win.
The Phillies had 21 hits in the game, only two of which went for extra-bases. Utley doubled in the sixth and Howard hit a grand slam, his second homer off of a lefty in two days, in the ninth.
Juan Pierre had a five-hit night, going 5-for-6 with five singles.
Cloyd had the best of his five starts in the majors. He needed just 88 pitches to throw eight innings, allowing one run on three hits and a pair of walks.
The Phillies are 76-74 on the year after beating the New York Mets 16-1 last night. The Phils sweep the three-game set and are in third place in the NL East, 15 1/2 games behind the first-place Nats. They remain four games out in the Wild Card chase with a 0.6% chance to make the post-season, according to the Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds report.
Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a solo home run. He struck out six and dropped his ERA on the year to 3.86 after five starts.
He started the bottom of the first with an 8-0 lead and walked the leadoff man Fred Lewis. Daniel Murphy was next and Cloyd got him to ground into a double-play before David Wright singled to right. Cloyd got Ike Davis on a ground ball handled by Utley to end the inning.
You want to avoid walking the leadoff man when you’re up eight runs.
Cloyd walked Lucas Duda to start the second, but got the next three Mets to turn New York away. He struck Justin Turner out for the first out, got Mike Baxter on a fly ball to left for the second and Kelly Shoppach on a ground ball to third for the third.
Again, walking the leadoff man up eight runs is to be avoid, but again Cloyd works around it.
Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 third and a 1-2-3 fourth. He struck Duda out for the third out in the fourth.
With one out in the fifth, Baxter hit an 0-2 pitch out to right, getting the Mets on the board at 8-1. Cloyd struck Shoppach out for the second out. Jason Bay hit for the pitcher Jenrry Mejia and Cloyd struck him out as well to end the inning.
Baxter now has three home runs in 192 plate appearances for the year, all three of which have come against the Phillies. 4-for-21 against the Phils with three home runs for the season.
Lewis singled to start the sixth, but Cloyd got Murphy to ground into a double-play behind him to clear to bases. Wright grounded to third to end the inning.
Cloyd struck out Davis in a 1-2-3 seventh.
He struck out Baxter in a 1-2-3 eighth with the Phillies up 9-1.
Rosenberg started the ninth with a 16-1 lead and walked the leadoff man Lewis. Ronny Cedeno flew to right for the first out. Andres Torres grounded into a double-play to end the game.
You want to try to avoid walking the leadoff man with a 15-run lead.
Rosenberg was pitching for the first time since September 13. He has thrown five scoreless innings over his last five outings, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out five. He threw 20 pitches in the game.
The Phillies lineup against righty Jeremy Hefner went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Frandsen (8) Kratz. Kratz catches. Pierre in left against the righty. Mayberry back hitting ahead of Brown after Brown goes 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in game two.
The first six Phillies singled in the top of the first. It left them up 3-0 with the bases loaded for Frandsen. Frandsen walked. 4-0. That was it for Hefner and righty Collin McHugh came in to pitch to Kratz. McHugh hit Kratz, forcing in another run. 5-0 with the bases still loaded for Cloyd. Cloyd grounded back to the mound and the Mets went home to first to get a double-play, leaving runners on second and third with two down for Rollins. Rollins singled again, scoring both runners. 7-0. Pierre moved Rollins up to second with another single before Utley singled as well. Rollins scored to make it 8-0 with men on first and second. Howard grounded to Turner to finally end the frame.
Nine hits for the Phillies in the frame, as well as a walk and a hit by pitch. All nine hits were singles.
The Phillies went in order in the second and again in the third.
Lefty Justin Hampson set the Phillies down in order in the fourth.
Righty Jenrry Mejia started the fifth. Brown and Frandsen singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on first and second for Kratz. Kratz singled to left. Brown tried to score, but Duda threw him out at home on a close play at the plate for the second out. It brought Cloyd to the plate with runners on first and second. He flew to right to leave them there.
Not a great idea to get thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning, but it took a pretty nice play from the Mets to get Brown.
The Phils led 8-1 when Robert Carson started the sixth for New York. Pierre singled with one out and moved to third when Utley followed with a double. Howard was next and hit a line drive, but Murphy made a nice play, jumping to snare the ball and throwing to second to double-off Utley.
Mayberry singled off of righty Manny Acosta to start the seventh. Brown fouled out to Wright for the first out and Frandsen hit into a double-play behind him.
Righty Elvin Ramirez walked Cloyd with one out in the eighth. Rollins popped to third for the first out before Pierre moved Cloyd up to second with a single to center. Utley was next and he singled to center as well, scoring Cloyd to make it 9-1 with two down and men on first and second. Howard flew to right for the third out.
Cloyd hits for himself in the eighth and starts the rally with a walk. Fourth hit of the day for Pierre. He raised his average for the year from .310 to .318 by going 5-for-6 with five singles.
Righty Jeurys Familia started the ninth for New York and struck the leadoff man Mayberry out for the first out. Brown followed with a single to left and was forced at second on a ground out by Frandsen for the second out. Kratz walked. Schierholtz hit for Cloyd and singled, loading the bases. Rollins walked. 10-1 with the bases still loaded. Pierre singled on a dribbler. 11-1 with the bases still loaded. Lefty Josh Edgin took over on the mound and hit Utley. 12-1, still loaded. Howard hit a 3-1 pitch out to left for a grand slam. 16-1. Mayberry flew to center to end the frame.
Utley and Howard have a whole lot more success against the lefty Edgin. For the second time in two days, Utley reaches against Edgin ahead of Howard and Howard homers.
Howard’s line against lefties for the year is up to 179/222/381.
Mayberry makes two of the three outs in the inning.
After three hitters in the frame, the Phillies had two outs and a man on first with no runs in. The next six hitters went walk, single, walk, single, hit by pitch, home run.
Rollins was 2-for-5 in the game with a walk. 4-for-11 with three walks and two home runs in the series. 254/317/436 for the year. 338/412/662 in 85 plate appearances in September.
Utley 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI. 6-for-11 with a walk and a double in the series. 266/380/452 for the year. His line against lefties for the year isn’t exactly fantastic either — 216/330/361.
Howard 2-for-6 with a grand slam and five RBI. 3-for-14 with two home runs and seven RBI in the set. 228/303/426 for the year. 192/269/356 over his last 119 plate appearances.
Mayberry was 2-for-6 and the only starter without an RBI. 3-for-13 in the series. 259/314/420 for the year. 301/374/470 in 187 plate appearances since Victorino and Pence were traded.
Brown was 3-for-5 with an RBI. 5-for-12 with a triple and a home run in the series. 253/341/407 for the year. 302/400/605 over his last 50 plate appearances. 171/293/314 against lefties for the year.
Frandsen 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. 1-for-9 with three walks in the series. 329/386/388 for the year. 17-for-41 (.415) against lefties.
Kratz 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in his only action of the series. 256/311/526 for the year. 3-for-his-last-25.
Kendrick (9-11, 3.95) faces righty Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33) tonight. Kendrick allowed four runs in five innings against the Astros in his most recent start, which was the only time in his last seven outings he’s been charged with more than two runs. Trouble getting lefties out has plagued Kendrick over his career — so far in 2012, lefties are hitting 253/336/400 against him compared to 262/305/430 for righties. Hanson has thrown to a 5.61 ERA over his last ten starts and hasn’t gone six innings in any of his last five.