Pelfrey Punished In Fifth, Bullpen Can’t Hold, Mets Lose 8-5 To Phillies

An article by posted on July 17, 2011

Mike Pelfrey had four good innings, but was punished in the fifth inning and the bullpen failed to stop the bleeding and a late-inning push couldn’t save the Mets as they lost the game 8-5, and the series to the Phillies

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey had a bad outing, getting through four innings relatively unscathed, then getting smoked for a home run. Pelfrey’s final line was four runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two. These uneven outings really do make the Mets decisions to the deadline more difficult. Biggest sign to worry about Mike? 16 HR allowed this year, 12 all of last season.

The bullpen came out and did nothing spectacular. Pedro Beato had no control, D.J. Carrasco underperformed as is expected, Ryota Igarashi allowed runs to score with the bases loaded and the bullpen overall underperformed, with only Jason Isringhausen and Tim Byrdak leaving unscathed.

The bats couldn’t manage hits, or to drive in runners against Kyle Kendrick. They managed to draw walks, but couldn’t knock in big hits. Doubles by both Daniel Murphy and Ronny Paulino were held in the yard thanks to the high walls of both LF and RF. The run barrage/comeback the Mets attempted didn’t happen until a Scott Hairston RBI single in the seventh. In the eighth, with the bases loaded the Mets struggled to get across the runs, with a Lucas Duda double-play RBI groundout accounting for one run,a Ronny Paulino RBI single and an Angel Pagan RBI single scoring another. Ruben Tejada should’ve scored on the play, but Phillies RF Dominic Brown fielded it quickly. A Lucas Duda triple in the ninth drove in another run, but that would be the end of the Mets rally.

Justin Turner – 0 for 5 – he has been very cold lately, and his defense hasn’t been anything major. Tejada may grab some of the starts at 2B once Reyes returns, and Turner may be relegated to the bench when Wright returns.

Jason Bay – 0 for 4 with a walk. May not look so awful, but left five on base.

Turning Point

When Pelfrey gave up the three-run home run to the light hitting Michael Martinez. That took some of the wind out of the Mets sails.

Game Ball

Daniel Murphy – 2 for 3, two runs and two walks. Murphy also just missed a home run by 5 feet against tough lefty Antonio Bastaro

On Deck

The Mets will look to bounce back from todays loss, facing the Florida Marlins and Clay Hensley at Citi Field and will send Chris Capuano to the mound. Game time is 7:10 P.M.


 

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