The Mets three-game winning streak came to an end as the Phillies came to Citi Field and beat them 8-4 on a beautiful Memorial Day.
Jon Niese, the $25MM man, cannot make it past the sixth inning. He gets pulled after five innings, plus two batters in the sixth. Four runs on two hits, a homerun, five walks, and striking out seven on 115 pitches. Those are Oliver Perez numbers he’s throwing out there. A lot of the fans disagreed with Terry Collins’ decision to pull him after the last walk, but three of the walks he gave up scored. He needs to go deeper into games and stop back-pedaling with these poor starts. I know the two errors from Wright and Murphy was hurtful and the Mayberry homerun was crushed, but the five walks? Yikes! He’s lucky the Mets bats were able to save him from a loss. He walks away with a no decision and a 4.55 ERA.
Ramirez came in and pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning with two strikeouts. Parnell not as lucky giving up a run on two hits and a walk. He’s gone back to just throwing 100 MPH fastballs and not actually pitching. Rauch pitches a scoreless inning, only allowing one hit.
Manny Acosta once again pitching in a game where it’s close. Again, he sucks. With only recording one out in the ninth he gives up three hits and then allows a three-run bomb by none other than Ty Wigginton. Acosta’s sixth homeurn in his twenty-two innings this season. An ERA of 11.86. Mejia and Beato are both close to making their big league returns. Acosta will be no more soon.
The rookie, Jack Egbert, comes in to finish the ninth. No hits, no walks, no runs allowed. Just two quick outs.
Vinny Rottino hits a two-run homer thanks to the new dimensions at Citi Field. Rottino got to play today because Andres Torres had to care to the birth of his child earlier this morning. Happy birthday, Baby Torres, here’s a homerun from daddy’s replacement. Speaking of Torres, he comes out of nowhere for a leadoff, pinch-hit double in the eighth.
Scott Hairston goes 1-4 with a two-run blast that tied it in the sixth. That was Hairston’s fifth homerun of the season. This one would have been gone in the old Citi Field.
David Wright goes 0-4. That makes it 0-for last-14 and it lowered his batting average to .373 on the season. He is human after all, shocking.
Ike and Duda combined to go 0-6 with four strikeouts.
Justin Turner left the game in the top of the fourth with an injury. Expected right ankle sprain with x-rays negative. Good news.
After Turner’s injury David Wright moved over to play shortstop. This was the second time playing short in his career. Last time was last August against the Braves. Before that? High school.
For possible depth options if Turner is out for a period of time, Tejada still rehabbing and Cedeno who has tightness in his quad. The Mets may have to make a 40-man roster move for Omar Quintanilla. Mets don’t see Valdespin as a shortstop. This team has terrible depth right now.
Former Met, Ty Wigginton, had six RBIs today. He’s also the reason Thole’s on the DL with a concussion. Hurting his former team in more ways than one.
To all the men and women in all the armed forces who have risked their lives to keep us safe. Whether past or present, deceased or still fighting, we want to thank you all for doing what you do. Also, blessing to the families who have lost loved ones overseas in war or have family fighting there today. God Bless America.
Hefner get’s another try as Mets continue to host the Phillies. Blanton on the mount for Philadelphia. Game time 7:10 PM.