Hamels got into trouble right away, but the first two innings, he worked out of it. Then came a disastrous third inning which began with a hit from the opposing pitcher. Oddly enough, Hamels’ outing ended the exact same way in the exact same inning.
The Mets batted around, scoring six earned runs on seven hits and two walks. With two outs and the pitcher coming up, again, it looked like Hamels might get out of the inning. But once again, pitcher Chris Young singled, this time for an RBI.
Young was not done yet either. Hamels was pulled after 2.2 innings and a frightening 20.25 ERA in his first start of 2011. But at least Kyle Kendrick tried to make Hamels feel better; he too, gave up a hit to Young.
As for the Phillies offense, the best that can be said is at least they did not get shut-out. That was thanks to a Wilson Valdez single followed by a Michael Martinez walk and a Placido Polanco RBI-double.
But everything that could go wrong did. Ryan Howard grounded out with two outs and the bases loaded. Valdez ended the sixth inning with an old habit that no one missed, hitting into a double play.
And so the Phillies went on to lose the first of this three game series with the Mets by a score of 7-1. Joe Blanton will pitch tomorrow and try to avoid laying an egg. Game time is 7:05pm.
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