The New York Mets treated the ball like a hot potato in all phases of the game:Â the starting pitcher couldn’t throw it for a strike, most of the hitters couldn’t hit it and David Wright and Omir Santos wouldn’t and couldn’t catch it respectively.Â The Philadelphia Phillies celebrated their independence from worrying about the Mets with a 4-1 win.
Fernando Nieve (3-2) started for New York and the Phillies took an early lead.Â With one out in the 1st Shane Victorino singled, Chase Utley walked and Ryan Howard singled to load the bases.Â Victorino scored on a Jayson Werth sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
In the 4th inning Philadelphia scored 2 more.Â Pedro Feliz led off with a single which was followed by Nieve’s 4th walk at that point, to Paul Bako.Â Jimmy Rollins doubled to right driving them both in and the Phillies led 3-0.
The Mets got their only run of the game in the 5th, and used half of all the hits they had to get it.Â With 2 outs, Nick Evans and Santos singled, then the pitcher Nieve had the only Met hit with runners in scoring position in the game, a bloop single to left to drive in Evans.
Nieve allowed his 5th & 6th bases on balls in the bottom of the 6th inning.Â Again Nieve walked Bako (who is hitting .214).Â After a sacrifice bunt by Jamie Moyer, Nieve walked Rollins and was replaced by Pat Misch who gave up an RBI single to Victorino for the final run of the game.Â Victorino should have been out, but his foul pop earlier in the at bat bounced off the thumb of Santos’ glove for an error.Â Earlier in the inning another at bat was extended on a missed foul pop.Â Wright was settling under it but suddenly pulled up and the ball fell behind him.Â In the post game Met manager Jerry Manuel stated that Alex Cora had called out to Wright “you’re alright” in relation to his position to the stands, but Wright pulled up thinking Cora was calling him off the play.
Cora was the big hitter for the Mets, with 3 singles in 4 at bats.Â The Mets 5th inning, when they scored their only run, was the only inning of the game in which they had more than one baserunner.Â Moyer (7-6) baffled the Mets with his assortment of 82 mph stuff.Â The highlight of the afternoon for those Met fans watching the game on television was when FOX would cut away for each Manny Ramirez at bat, providing a moment’s respite from watching the Mets fumble, bumble and stumble to another loss.Â Unless during the Ramirez at bats it crossed your mind that despite missing 50 games due to a suspension for performance enhancing drug use Ramirez still has more home runs than David Wright.
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