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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Flushing, NY (Sept 26) – The New York Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 9-4 on Sunday afternoon. The Phillies had lost eight games in a row coming into this one. The Mets swept a doubleheader from them on Saturday. Mike Pelfrey made the start and was awful and D.J. Carrasco came in to relieve him and was just as bad. The rest of the bullpen did a good job. Jason Pridie led the offense as, Jose Reyes and Justin Turner had good days.
Pelfrey pitched three innings giving up nine hits and five runs. He walked one and struck out one. Pelfrey took the loss and he finished the season with a disappointing 7-13 record. Carrasco pitched one inning giving up four hits and four runs with a walk and two strikeouts. Dale Thayer pitched two innings giving up three hits and struck out two, Ryota Igarashi pitched one inning giving up one hit and one walk and Pedro Beato pitched one inning giving up a hit. Josh Stinson pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk and striking out one batter.
Reyes had two hits, Ruben Tejada had a hit and Willie Harris had a walk. Nick Evans had a walk, Turner had two hits and an RBI and Mike Baxter had a walk. Ronny Paulino had a hit and two RBI, Pridie had three hits and a walk and Valentino Pascucci had a hit and an RBI. Turner had two doubles and Pridie had one. Pridie also had a triple and Paulino hit a homerun. The Mets were 2-15 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Baxter had an outfield assist.
In the first inning Hunter Pence hit a two run homerun to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Raul Ibanez hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. In the second Chase Utley hit an RBI single to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead. Placido Polanco hit an RBI double in the third to extend the lead to 5-0 Phillies. In the fourth Pence hit an RBI single, Ryan Howard had an RBI single and Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run single to make it 9-0. In the seventh Paulino hit a two run homerun and Pascucci hit an RBI single to make it 9-3. In the eighth Turner hit an RBI double to make it 9-4 and that would be the final score.
The Mets won two out of three from the Phillies in this series. The Phillies clinched over a week ago and lost eight in a row since then. They haven’t looked like they wanted to play until today. The Mets are continuing to go hard and are making manager Terry Collins look good. The Mets will finish the season with three home games against the Cincinnati Reds. The Mets will finish under 500 for the season. They stayed in it for so long this season but then feel apart at the end of the season. The Mets seem like they are headed in the right direction though and their fans should have something to look forward to next season.