Resurgent Mets Unable To Complete Sweep, Fall To Phils 3-2

An article by posted on August 31, 2012

Recap:

Now locking up two consecutive series victories for the first time since the All-Star Break, the suddenly streaking New York Mets came to the ballpark today looking to complete a sweep of the rivaled Philadelphia Phillies. However, that wasn’t the case as Jon Niese failed to fend off the Phils following an early lead, falling by a score of 3-2.

With Kyle Kendrick on the hill, the Mets offense took advantage of the short fences of Citizen’s Bank Park, in particular 2/3 of their outfield. Mike Baxter lead off the game with a drive to right center that got out to hand the Amazin’s an early one-run lead. The following frame, Hairston jacked one of his own, doubling the lead and giving NIese a two run cushion.

Despite Jimmy Rollins being benched for┬álackadaisical play in last night’s game, Niese could not hold off the Philadelphia lineup. Scoring once in each of the third, fourth and fifth, the Phillies took a 3-2 lead, one they would not surrender for the remainder of the ballgame. The southpaw ended the evening while a respectable six innings pitched, allowing three runs on nine hits, while walking one and punching out four, taking a tough loss.

Once Niese’s and Kendrick’s days were completed, it went to the bullpens, where neither team allowed another run. The Mets failed to muster a hit off of the Phils ‘pen, failing to complete the sweep and falling in their final game of 2012 at Citizen’s Bank Park.

Notes:

-After going 121 at-bats without a home run to start the season, Mike Baxter now has two home runs in his past three games. Perhaps making a bid for the 2013 roster? I think so.

-David Wright had himself a two hit game and picked up his 37th double of the year. He is on pace to break his single-season career high of 42 and is currently at his highest total since 2009.

-Scott Hairston also had a two-hit game and launched his 15th homer of the year. Man I hope the Mets can retain him.

Up Next:

R.A. Dickey takes the hill for the Mets, opening up a three game set with the Marlins starting at 7pm Friday.

 

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Clayton Collier, a senior editor for MMO, is a Journalism major with a minor in Broadcasting at Seton Hall University. He is also a staff member at 89.5 WSOU, Seton Hall's modern active rock radio station. Following him on Twitter: @Clayton_Collier or E-maili him at MaybeNextYearMets@yahoo.com

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