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