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Phillies Gain Ground on Mets, 2 Games Out

The Phillies came into this series with the Mets only 3 games off the division lead as they have begun to struggle; well they left New York only 2 games back now. The Phillies took 2 of 3 from the Mets over the weekend and looked pretty well in doing so except for Cole Hamels start in the second game of the double header Sunday night. More on that later.

Philadelphia Phillies merchandise In the first game of the series the Phillies received phenomenal pitching from Brett Myers as he struck out ten in eight shutout innings while picking up the win 3-0. The Mets could not figure Myers out at all as they only got three hits off of him in the game. The Phillies got just enough offense as Greg Dobbs hit a two run shot in the top half of the seventh inning to lead Philly. Brad Lidge picked up his 34 th save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth. David Wright, Carlos Delgado, and Carlos Beltran each had one hit for the Mets in the game.

In the second game of the series and the first of a double dip as Saturday’s game was rained out due to the Tropical Storm that was still going through, the Phillies got off to another good start rocking Pedro Martinez early en route to a 6-2 victory. Carlos Ruiz got it going early with an rbi single to left to make it 2-0 Phillies, then in the fourth that guy Greg Dobbs homers for the second time in as many days to give the Phillies a 5-0 lead. That was all that Jamie Moyer would need as the Mets could not figure him out at all. Moyer pitched seven shutout innings giving up only two runs while picking up his thirteenth win of the year. The Mets did not get any offense until Moyer came out of the game and by then it was too late. David Wright and Carlos Beltran doubled in runs to cut the deficit to 6-2 but that was all they could do.

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In the final game of the series featured on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball it was lefty ace Cole Hamels versus lefty ace Johan Santana. Both teams got off to quick starts against both aces but Santana would prove to hold out longer as Hamels ended with a dismal performance. Carlos Delgado went 3-4 with two bombs and four driven in to lead the Mets to a 6-3 win over the Phils and to keep their lead at 2 games in the division. Ryan Howard homered for the 40 th time this year and he drove in two runs to lead the Phillies. Cole Hamels was disappointing going only five innings and giving up five runs, four earned, and striking out six. He seemed to struggle with his command and the defense did not help him out either. Johan Santana settled down nicely after the homer to Ryan Howard, he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up two earned and striking out six to improve his record to 13-7. The Mets won a hard fought game to keep the Phillies to two games back in the East.

Next up the Phillies welcome the Florida Marlins to town and the Marlins have seemed to fall off the map now at 8 games back in the division. The Marlins have struggled as of late but they always seem to play the Phillies very well so this should be an interesting series. The pitching probables are as follows:

  • Sanchez (2-3) vs. J. Blanton (6-12)
  • C. Volstad (4-3) vs. K. Kendrick (11-8)
  • R. Nolasco (13-7) vs. B. Myers (9-10)


By Andrew Nuscis
Philadelphia Phillies & Tampa Bay Rays Correspondent

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