Saturday, April 9, 2016

The New York Mets drop a pitching duel to the Philadelphia Phillies

The New York Mets were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.  The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York and the final score was 1-0.  Bartolo Colon started for the Mets and pitched well, pen was good.  The Mets offense only managed three hits. 

Colon pitched six innings giving up five hits and one run with seven strikeouts.  Colon took his first loss of the season.  Hansel Robles pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout, Antonio Bastardo pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Jeurys Familia pitched an inning giving up three hits and he struck out one. 

Vince Velasquez started for the Phillies and pitched six innings giving up three hits and no runs.  He walked three and struck out nine to earn his first win of the season.  Hector Neris pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a walk and he struck out one, Daniel Stumpf pitched to one batter and retired him and David Hernandez pitched an inning striking out two.  Jeanmar Gomez pitched a perfect inning to earn his first save of the season and secure the first victory of the season for the Phillies. 

Curtis Granderson drew a walk, Asdrubal Cabrera had two hits and Lucas Duda had a hit.  Wilmer Flores drew two walks, Alejandro De Aza drew a walk and Cabrera hit a double.  The Mets were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.  De Aza had a stolen base. 

Cesar Hernandez had two hits, Odubel Herrera had a hit and Maikel Franco had a hit.  Ryan Howard had a hit and an RBI, Cameron Rupp had two hits and Peter Bourjos had a hit.  Bourjos hit a double and Howard hit a homerun.  The Phillies were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.  Hernandez was caught stealing. 

The only run of the game came in the fifth inning on a Howard solo homerun.  The win was the first of the year for the Phillies and the two teams will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon.  Matt Harvey will get the start for the Mets.   

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