Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park Mike Pelfrey was hit around like a punching bag by the Philadelphia Philies and he only lasted two innings, while allowing seven runs (six earned). Despite the dreadful outing, the New York Mets were able to answer back with seven runs to tie the game, but ultimately didn't have enough offensive punch in them in the end, as they fell, 10-7.
Blaine Boyer may have received the loss after allowing three runs in two innings of relief, but the bigger story tonight is Pelfrey's total inability to pitch. Plain and simple, he has looked terrible. His final line against the Phillies: two innings, eight hits seven (six earned) runs, one strikeout and a walk. Right from the get go he allowed a hit (a triple) to Shane Victorino, ultimately giving up two runs in the first, a run in the second (after giving up a hit to the first batter faced) and three runs -- one homerun to Ryan Howard, the first batter of the inning -- in the third. The Mets supposed No. 1 starter now has thrown 6 1/3 innings, allowed 12 hits, five walks, and 11 earned runs. One couldn't expect ace-like numbers from him this season, but as the senior most member of the staff -- five years with the Mets -- you couldn't have expected numbers this bad this season.
The most promising aspect of tonight: down seven runs in the fourth inning, the Mets offense answered. In the fourth inning, Angel Pagan, who went 2-for-5, homered and drove in Carlos Beltran. In the fifth inning, the Mets scored five runs -- David Wright (one), Carlos Beltran (one), Ike Davis (two) and Daniel Murphy all had RBI hits in the inning, as seven straight Mets batters reached base before Antonio Bastardo relieved Joe Blanton and struckout Josh Thole.
Taylor Buchholz came on for two innings of relief and was impressive allowing three hits while striking out five. Boyer started out his first inning of relief with two hits, but ended up allowing two runs in the inning and a homerun to Ben Francisco in the sixth inning. The Amazin's would only get one more hit after the fifth inning as Jose Contreras closed out the game for the Phillies in the ninth.
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|WP: Antonio Bastardo (1 - 0)
SV: Jose Contreras (1)
LP: Blaine Boyer (0 - 1)