On Monday, the Phillies blew-out the Mets in a 10-0 shut-out victory. Then after Tuesday’s east coast earthquake, the Phillies shook the Mets down with another big win, 9-4. But on Wednesday, the earth stopped shaking things up, and so did the Phillies.
With a big error only nine pitches into the game, Michael Martinez set the tone. He bobbled a ground ball, putting two men on base with no outs to start the game. After that, pitcher Kyle Kendrick imploded.
Although the four runs the Mets score in the 1st were unearned due to the error, Kendrick had a chance to pitch out of the jam with little damage but was unable to do so. Through four innings, Kendrick gave up two more runs on seven hits and a walk.
The Phillies rallied in the 2nd, scoring three runs. And four players had multi-hit games, including Chase Utley with three. But all together, the Phillies left 12 men on base and were unable to capitalize on opportunities.
The Phillies still won the series 2 games to 1, but a sweep sure would have been nice when you look at the way the Braves are playing. The Phillies lead in the division, once at 9 games, has dwindled to 6. And with a win tonight, the Braves can cut it to 5.5.
With an off-day tomorrow, the Phillies will have a chance to recharge their batteries before the weekend Marlins series. So, get some rest guys. There is still a ways to go before claiming the division.
Also, FYI: Jose Contreras is having surgery on his elbow…he is done
for the year :O(
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