The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets by the score of 5-4 on Saturday at Citi Field. For the Mets it was their fifth straight loss and it dropped them all alone in last place in the NL East with a 16-19 record.
Dillon Gee started the game and didn’t have his best stuff, but pitched good enough to win, allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out one in six innings pitched. Despite throwing only 81 pitches, Terry Collins didn’t send him out for the seventh.
Scott Rice allowed a run on three hits in the seventh before Jeurys Familia came in to get the final out. Carlos Torres pitched a scoreless eighth, but Kyle Farnsworth allowed the winning run to score in the ninth – getting tagged for a pair of hits by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard after a walk to Jimmy Rollins.
Offensively, David Wright had a nice game going 3-for-5 including a two-run homer and an RBI double. However, Wright also made the last out of the game, a weak popup with the tying run – Daniel Murphy – on second base.
As both teams vacated the field, David Wright stood frozen in the batters box for a few minutes, holding the bat over his head like he was going to smash it. He had a blank far-away stare and was visibly frustrated. I felt sorry for him.
Other than that it was another quiet night at the plate for the Mets who left eight men on base and struck out eight times.
I thought Terry Collins made some very questionable moves in the game including pinch hitting Bobby Abreu for catcher Travis d’Arnaud who has been struggling, but the last thing you want to do is shatter this kid’s confidence.
It was another tough loss in what’s been a month full of them so far in May.
The Mets and Phillies wrap up the three-game series with a 1:10 PM game on Sunday at Citi Field. Jon Niese (2-2, 1.82) will try to play stopper for the Mets and will be opposed by lefty Cole Hamels (0-2, 7.02) for the Phillies.