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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Flushing, NY (Sept 25) – The New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies twice on Saturday. They beat them 2-1 and 6-3 in a doubleheader. R.A. Dickey pitched great in the first game and the bullpen used two pitchers to close it out the game. Dillon Gee pitched the second game and picked up the win, he gave up a bunch of hits but was able hold the Phillies to a few runs. The bullpen pitched very well in the second game using three pitchers. The offense was not great in the second game, they had some help by the Phillies defense to score some runs. In the first game, the offense for the Mets only had six hits and no one had more than one.
In the first game Dickey pitched seven innings giving up three hits and one run with a walk and four strikeouts. Miguel Batista pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a walk, he also struck out one and Bobby Parnell faced one batter and retired him to pick up his fourth win of the season. Manny Acosta pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout to pick up his third save of the season. In the nightcap, Gee pitched six innings giving up nine hits and three runs with two of them being earned. He walked two and struck out two. Gee is now 13-6 on the season, Parnell pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings and struck out one and Daniel Herrera pitched to one batter and retired him. Acosta picked up his fourth save of the season pitching one inning and giving up a hit and a walk.
The offense in the day game got hits from Jose Reyes, Ruben Tejada and David Wright. Wright had an RBI, a walk, Josh Satin had a hit, and Nick Evans had a hit. Willie Harris had a walk and Valentino Pascucci had a hit and an RBI. Wright had a double and Pascucci had a homerun. The Mets were 1-7 with runners in scoring position and they left six men on base. Tejada, Reyes and Wright each had a stolen base. In the night cap Tejada had a hit and an RBI, Justin Turner had a walk and Harris had a hit. Wright had a walk, Evans had a hit and an RBI and Josh Thole had a hit and two RBI. Jason Pridie had two hits, Evans and Pridie each had a double. The Mets were 3-6 with runners in scoring position and they left three men on base. Harris and Pridie each had a stolen base. Turner had an error.
In the first game, the Phillies got on the board first in the seventh inning on a Ryan Howard RBI single. In the bottom of the seventh Pascucci hit a solo homerun to tie the game at one. In the eighth Wright had an RBI double and that would complete the scoring in the game. In the night game the Phillies took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Wilson Valdez had an RBI single and Jimmy Rollins had an RBI single. In the third Ross Gload had an RBI single to extend the lead to 3-0 Phillies. In the bottom of the third, Harris reached on a fielding error and two runs scored to cut the lead to 3-2. Evans doubled to tie the score at three and Thole had a two run single to make it 5-3 Mets. In the fourth Tejada had an RBI single and it was 6-3 Mets. The game would end with that score.
The Mets have continued to play hard after Terry Collins really gave it to them about a week ago before their road trip. They have responded by playing well in Atlanta and St. Louis and now carrying it back home against the Phillies. The Phillies of course have nothing to play for but that is not the Mets fault. They need to feel good about themselves ending the season and heading into next season.