Sunday, April 28, 2013

Game #22: Phillies 9, Mets 4

Even yesterday, New York could have survived with just one bad inning. Two bad innings? Not so much.

Shaun Marcum was knocked around in his season debut and Robert Carson didn't do the Mets any favors in the 5th inning as the Phillies clinched the series with a resounding 9-4 win.

The Bad Stuff:

  • After getting through his first two frames, and with a fresh 1-0 lead courtesy of back-to-back doubles by Ike Davis and Jordany Valdespin, Shaun Marcum faltered in the 3rd inning of his Broadway debut, allowing singles to opposing pitcher Jonathan Pettibone and Jimmy Rollins, then a run-scoring double by Chase Utley. Rollins came home on a wild pitch, then two batters later Ryan Howard brought home a third on a sac fly. Marcum was relieved for a pinch-hitter in the 4th inning with his final numbers a disappointing four innings of five-hit, three-run ball, including two walks and three strikeouts on 71 pitches.
  • The Mets only scored one run in the 4th inning (an Ike Davis sac fly) after loading the bases with none out. Just a half frame after they put this game in a coffin, Robert Carson provided the hammer, nails, shovel, and burial plot. Carson allowed five earned runs in the top of the 5th, including back-to-back home runs by Dominic Brown and John Mayberry, Jr. His ERA now stands at an even-worse-than-Josh Edgin 16.20.
The Good Stuff:
  • David Wright continued to do his best in a bad situation, going 2-4 with an RBI double in the bottom of the 5th. It was is fourth two-bagger of the season and 18th RBI.
  • John Buck pounded his eighth home run of the season in the 9th inning, a solo shot that gave him 23 RBIs so far in April.
Final Analysis:
Maybe the Mets are still in the process of thawing out from their frozen road trip of two weeks ago: since being snowed out on April 14th in Minnesota, the team has lost eight out of 11 to fall from 7-4 to 10-12. Come soon, summer. New York needs a team to heat up.


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