The Mets and, more so, Johan Santana got absolutely torched by the Phillies in the final game of their 3-game series. Santana gave up 10 runs in 3.2 IP including four home runs, one of those a grand slam to Shane Victorino. It was really ugly tonight for the Mets.
The Mets did have some offense against Jamie Moyer. David Wright had a big 3-run homer in the first inning and things were looking good. But not for long. Rod Barajas hit another homer as well. But the 5 runs the Mets put up weren’t enough to overcome the disastrous start that Santana had.
Santana looked worse than I’ve ever seen him as a Mets player. He gave up a bases loaded walk to Moyer of all things. Then Victorino hit the grand slam. It was hideous.
The Mets leave town losing two of three in Philly and a half game back in the NL East.
New York Mets (14-10) at Philadelphia Phillies (13-10) 8:05 pm
Johan Santana (3-1 2.08) vs. Jamie Moyer (2-2 5.25)
TV: ESPN Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets can take the series in Philly with a win tonight behind Santana. He’s been outstanding recently, giving up only 1 ER in his last three starts over 19.1 IP. He’s opposed by Moyer who’s gone 6 innings in all four starts this year. The Phillies have lost two of the four games he started.
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Philadelphia, PA- Seven Met pitchers combined to finish the game and get the win for starter Oliver Perez (2-0). Perez pitched 5.2 innings giving up no runs with seven strikeouts, but allowed five walks. This was a classic Perez game, brilliant and unhittable at times and completely losing his command at others.Once again, David Wright was the offensive catalyst going 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s in the first inning off Jamie Moyer. Jose Reyes hit a two run homer in the seventh, his second of the year as part of a 2 for 4 day, scoring 2 runs, and stealing a base. His home run was celebrated in classic Reyes style with extended handshakes and a dance in the dugout. It’s great to see the “old” Reyes back!
Chase Utley hit a solo homer in the seventh off Scott Schoenweiss. The eighth inning was pretty intense with Aaron Heilman coming in with one out and two men on. He gave up a hit to left by Carlos Ruiz to load the bases. I was hoping that Heilman wouldn’t implode in a key situation again. He came through with flying colors striking out pinch hitter Geoff Jenkins and Jayson Werth to leave the bases loaded.
Watching on TV it sounded like there was a pretty sizable Mets contingent in the stands. The game was halted briefly in the ninth inning while a scuffle in the right field stands was dealt with by stadium security. Of course, Fox didn’t show any of it on TV so I’ll have to check YouTube to see if there’s any video of what actually happened.
The Mets win the first two games in Philly to win the series and go for the sweep tomorrow. They’ve got a five game winning streak going and really look to be hitting their stride early in the season.
New York Mets (9-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (8-9) 3:55pm
TV: Fox Radio: WFAN
Oliver Perez (1-0) vs. Jamie Moyer (1-0)
What to watch: The Mets are on a four game winning streak headed into the Fox game of the week. You never know what you’re going to get from Oliver Perez, and Jamie Moyer is pretty consistent but not a lot of fun to watch. David Wright’s been hot at the plate and Citizens Bank Park is a good place to be when that happens. It’s still unknown if Jimmy Rollins will be back from his uncle’s funeral in Oakland in time for the game today.