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Phillies 5, Mets 2: Bullpen Blows Lead Again In 8th Inning

For the second night in a row, the New York Mets had a lead in the eighth inning only to see it evaporate because of a bullpen that's been extremely leaky of late. The lead was 2-1, but a three-run inning for the Philadelphia Phillies put the game out of reach for the Amazin's.

This 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies is a tough one to swallow -- not only because of the continued struggles fromt he relief corps -- but because it spoiled a brilliant outing from Mike Pelffrey.

The Mets big right-hander was simply dealing tonight, limiting a strong Phillies lineup to two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings, while allowing four hits and striking out six. It was the kind of outing that makes you wonder why he's been unable to find a groove all season. In fact, he would've allowed only one run had Mike O'Connor (with one out) been able to get Chase Utley out, who instead singled. Jason Isringhausen couldn't get the job done either, walking Placido Polanco, and Tim Byrdak was the second lefty to give up a hit to a lefty, Ryan Howard, he's paid to get out. Howard instead doubled, plating two and taking the life out of what was looking to be an impressive victory for New York.

With all the talk surrounding the bullpen, let's also point out that the Mets had a two-run lead by the third inning (which turned into a one-run advantage), but they had no hits after one out in the fourth inning. You're just not going to win many games when you flip on the hitting off-switch that early, especially against a team that can swing the bat like Philadelphia. The one bright spot for New York remains Jose Reyes, who went 2-for-4 with two runs and two steals in the game.

The Mets will hope to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon.

Final - 5.28.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 5
New York Mets 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

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Mets Vs. Phillies: Mets Look To Get Back On Winning Track

The New York Mets had their chances to earn a much-needed victory last night against the Philadelphia Phillies, but instead a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning turned into a 6-4 loss by the time the ninth inning came and went. For the second game in a row, Daniel Murphy's defensive deficiencies surfaced, as he was unable to nab a ground ball from Domonic Brown in the ninth inning, which allowed the eventual game-winning run to score.

The Phillies aren't the best team in the major leagues for nothing -- and Friday night they proved they'll do what it takes to scratch runs across, not needing a single home run to get the job done.

Saturday the Mets will have to get the job done against a very tough left-handed pitcher in Cole Hamels, who is 6-2 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.02 WHIP on the season, to go along with 68 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings. Plain and simple, he'll pitch to contact when he has to but he'll walk nobody so the Mets better take advantage of the opportunities they get when they're base. It's scary to say this, but Hamels is becoming one of the best lefties in the game and he's the No. 3 starter on Philadelphia. New York has a .230/.319/.365 slash line against lefties this season which doesn't bode well for success against a pitcher who's on a roll right now.

With Hamels likely to be stingy on the mound, Mike Pelfrey needs to find ways to get the job done. As a de facto No. 1 starter, a 5.37 ERA and 1.55 WHIP just doesn't cut it. Against the Phillies lineup, Pelfrey could be in for a quick shower if he doesn't make his pitches, get ground balls and miss some bats. 

The Mets have lost five of their last six games.


Phillies 6, Mets 4: Three-Run Ninth Leads Phillies Over Mets, K-Rod

(Sports Network) - Domonic Brown's single in the ninth inning plated the go-ahead run and started the decisive rally, as the Phillies edged the Mets, 6-4, in the opener of a three-game series.

With two men on and one away in a tie game, Brown smacked a grounder toward first base. The Mets' Daniel Murphy failed to get in front of the ball, trying to field it from the side. But the ball stayed down, scooting into the outfield as Carlos Ruiz scored.

That opened the floodgates: Jimmy Rollins followed with a sacrifice fly, and Placido Polanco tacked on an RBI infield single later in the inning. The cushion helped Philadelphia withstand a New York rally in the bottom half and hold on for a third consecutive win.

The Phillies scored all the runs against Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez (1-1), who carried a 19 2/3-inning scoreless streak into Friday's game. It was the longest active streak in the majors.

Final - 5.27.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 6 11 3
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 4 14 2
WP: Antonio Bastardo (3 - 0)
SV: Ryan Madson (10)
LP: Francisco Rodriguez (1 - 1)

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