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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Philadelphia, PA (Aug 23) – The New York Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 9-4 on Tuesday night. Jon Niese made the start and was hammered. The bullpen did a good job using four pitchers. Nick Evans and Justin Turner led the offense with a couple of hits each. The Mets are headed in the wrong direction as they continue to lose games. They have not given up yet and they are still fighting but the results just are not there.
Niese pitched four innings giving up ten hits and eight runs. He walked one and struck out six. Niese is now 11-11 on the season. Pedro Beato pitched two innings giving up two hits, one run, Ryota Igarashi gave up a hit in 1/3 of an inning, and Tim Byrdak pitched 2/3 of an inning striking out both batters that he faced. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect inning.
Angel Pagan had a hit, Ruben Tejada had a hit and Willie Harris had a hit. Lucas Duda had a hit and two RBI, Jason Bay had a walk and Evans had two hits. Josh Thole had a hit and an RBI; Turner had two hits and an RBI. Turner had two doubles and Evans had one. Evans had a triple and Duda hit a homerun. The Mets were 0-11 with runners in scoring position and they left six men on base. In the third inning, the Phillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Shane Victorino hit a solo homerun and John Mayberry hit a three-run homerun. In the fourth, Placido Polanco hit an RBI single to make it a 5-0 game. Wilson Valdez hit a sacrifice fly, Vance Worley had an RBI single and Victorino had a two-run triple. The Phillies had a 9-0 lead. In the seventh Turner had an RBI groundout to make it a 9-1 game. In the eighth Duda hit, a two run homerun to make it 9-3 and in the ninth inning Thole had an RBI groundout making it a 9-4 game and that is how it ended.
David Wright initiated a meeting with the Mets manager Terry Collins before the game. He vowed that the team would play hard no matter what. The team has played hard but you still want to and eventually have to win games. The Mets are not winning games at all right now. Niese may head to the disabled list after he aggravated a muscle injury in his right side. Scott Hairston maybe headed to the disabled list. The Mets will try to avoid the sweep on Wednesday. The Mets are just playing out the string but management does not want the players to think and acts like that.