When the score was even at one run apiece coming into the third inning, the Phillies committed four errors as the Mets took advantage and scored six runs in the bottom of the inning. The Mets evened the series and ended their nine-game losing streak against the division rival, winning by a score of 8-2.
The Mets’ (3-4) bats still did not come alive like I had hoped, as the team only knocked five hits, three less than the Phils. On the other hand, they were able to get hits when it counted most, with four Mets players (Easley, Reyes, Pagan, Wright) getting RBI’s.
Carlos Delgado’s bat stayed hot as he crushed a double to left field off Kyle Kendrick (1-1), who started for the Phillies.
On the mound, the young Mike Pelfrey (1-0) finally was able to get some run support, something we didn’t always see a lot of last year in his starts. He gave up the game’s only two runs, while pitching a solid five innings in the win.
Jorge Sosa pitched two amazing innings following Pelfrey’s exit, while Pedro Feliciano pitched a solid eighth inning a day after arriving at the game during the seventh inning due to a delayed flight when he was returning from a personal issue at home.
Kendrick had a hard time getting calls his way from the home plate umpire, Lance Barksdale. There were several times, including three times at once, when Kendrick would get a batter 0-2 and end up walking him on a pitch that was either borderline or what appeared to be a definite strike.
Next Mets Test:
In the final game of a three-game series, the Mets will send John Maine to the hill to try and seal a series victory for the Mets at 7:10 pm.