Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Mets win their fourth straight as Harvey continues to impress

The New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 3-2 on Wednesday night. The game took place at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Matt Harvey started for the Mets and pitched well and the Mets bullpen was very good. Lucas Duda led the Mets offense. Tyler Cloyd pitched pretty well in his major league debut and the bullpen did a great job. Juan Pierre led the Phillies offense. 
Cloyd pitched six innings giving up seven hits and three runs. He walked two and struck out five and lost his first game of the season. Jeremy Horst pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout, Antonio Bastardo gave up a hit without recording an out and Philippe Aumont pitched an inning giving up a walk and he struck out two. Josh Lindblom pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Harvey won his third game of the season pitching 6 1/3 innings giving up six hits and two runs with two walks and six strikeouts. Josh Edgin pitched 2/3 of an inning, Robert Carson pitched 2/3 of an inning and Jon Rauch retired the only batter that he faced. Frank Francisco earned his 22nd save of the season pitching a perfect inning with two strikeouts.

Jimmy Rollins had a hit and an RBI, Pierre had two hits and Chase Utley had a hit. Ryan Howard had an RBI, Laynce Nix had a hit and Frandsen had a hit. Cloyd drew two walks, Rollins and Nix each hit a double. The Phillies were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

Daniel Murphy had a hit, Ike Davis had two hits and Duda had two hits and two RBI. Scott Hairston had a hit and drew a walk, Mike Baxter drew a walk and Kelly Shoppach had a hit and drew a walk. Harvey had a hit and an RBI, Hairston hit a double and Duda hit a homerun. The Mets were 1-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. Duda had a stolen base and Shoppach committed an error.

In the first inning Howard hit a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0 Phillies. Harvey hit an RBI single in the second to tie the game at one. Rollins hit an RBI double in the second and Duda hit a two run homerun in the third to make it 3-2 and that would be the final score.

The Mets record improved to 61-69 and the Phillies improved to 61-69. These are two teams at the opposite end of the spectrum. The Phillies were one of the favorites and everyone picked the Mets to finish in last place. The two teams will play the final game of the series on Thursday afternoon. The Mets have won four straight games.

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