Dillon Gee was on the mound tonight trying to extend Phillie losing streak to eight. Joe Blanton, who hasn’t made a start in four months, took the ball for the Phillies. Both line ups were pretty watered down for the night cap. The Mets had Harris, Pridie and Evans playing the outfield. The Phillies had only Victorino, Valdez and Rollins returning from game one.
Gee struggled from the moment the games started. He loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first and actually got out of it without giving up a run! He wouldn’t be so lucky in the second inning however. He gave up back to back hits without recording an out and with runners on the corners, gave up a single giving the Phillies an early lead. Rollins would get his second hit of the night and put the Phillies up by two. They added another run in the top of the third.
Joe Blanton was lifted after two innings and the Phillies began using their bull pen and the Mets took advantage. They had two men on with two out when Willie Harris hit a ball to deep left field that was dropped by Hunter Pence. After David Wright drew a walk, Charlie Manuel dipped into his bull pen again to get out of the third inning. I guess the game wasn’t so meaningless. Kyle Kendrick came in gave up an extra base hit to Nick Evans and the Mets tied the game. Josh Thole hit line drive to center field that Victorino misplayed and the Mets had a 5-3 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth when Jason Pridie hit an extra base hit and was chased home by a Rubin Tejada single.
The Met Bullpen pitched a scoreless 7th, 8th and 9th innings to seal the win.
Mike Pelfrey will make his last start tomorrow.
Side notes. Keith Hernandez said it right, the Phillies look out of sync. I really do admire the fact that the Mets are playing these games hard. It’s a lot different than last year, that’s for sure. Dillon Gee reminded me of Oliver Perez for the first couple of innings. He did, somewhat, settle down and pitch into the 6th inning. Jason Pridie plays a real good center field. I wonder what kind of player he would be if he played everyday. The Phillies lost their eighth game in a row.