|Mets starter Mike Pelfrey gave up eight hits and four earned runs in four and a third innings against the Phillies on Friday night. (NYTimes.com)|
Whether it was Ryan Howard at the plate or Vance Worley on the hill, the Phillies beat up the Mets all night long, taking the series opener by force, 10-3.
The Bad Stuff:
See innings 1-8. Specifically:
- Ryan Howard (a grand slam and another two-run homer), Vance Worley (2 hits in 6 innings of work), and Ben Fransisco and Placido Polanco (2 RBIs each) creating a lethal concoction for the Mets.
- Mike Pelfrey (4 runs on 8 hits in 4 1/3 innings), Dillon Gee (4 runs in 1 2/3 innings), and the New York offense for 89% of the game (2 hits in 8 innings), who drank that lethal concoction and realized too late that this milk was a bad choice.
See inning 9. Specifically:
- Ike Davis (solo home run off David Herndon, his 5th and 20th RBI, also extending his hit streak to 11 games)
- Jason Pridie (hit his second home run of the year, a 2-run shot, also off Herndon)
- Mets pitching (Philadelphia had already won before they got the chance to hit, therefore there was no chance to screw it up and allow even more runs)
The train that was moving full steam ahead during that six game winning streak? Two days later and it's end up like this. Whoops. A loss as bad as this is never good. A loss like this to the hated Phillies is never good. But what makes this loss worse than the rest is that the Mets were limited to 2 hits not by any of Philly's four aces; heck, it wasn't even against fifth man Joe Blanton. It was against Vance Worley, who completely shut NY down in his first start of the season and third start of his career. If the Amazin' offense was this anemic against Philadelphia's sixth man, how's it going to fare against Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee?
Get some rest in, Mets fans. This could be a very long weekend.