The last time the Phillies faced the Mets was in Queens, and the Mets handed the Phillies 3 straight shut out losses. It was pretty painful to watch. I’m pretty sure I might have included myself in a few online battles of words following this series.
Well that was May, and this is August. The Phillies have been on a roll at home and we we aren’t going to let Omar Minaya’s (Mets GM) Traveling Circus come on here and make us look like fools. The Mets are a talented team that can’t seem to be tamed by Jerry Manuel’s laid back approach.
Once every five days we get to worry which Joe Blanton we’re going to see take the mound. This time around we got the one we wanted, and against the Mets no less. Joe pitched a great game only allowing only two runs in the top of the 4th inning. The defense behind Joe was good and Mike Sweeny looked like he was going to be comfortable manning first base until Ryan Howard returns. The Mets would counter with Jon Niese, who has been one of the few bright spots for the Mets this season. Niese pitched seven strong innings, and
departing with a 2-1 lead, when Manuel went to Bobby Parnell to start the eighth.
Parnell, and then Felciano took it on the chin. I think my favorite part of the 8th was after Sweeny singled Jayson Werth hit a double to center and Sweeny chugged from first to third. It was some great heads up base running. Sweeny clapped his hands together and pointed to Werth. Francisco and Chooch followed with great at bats and each got an RBI. Wilson Valdez got aboard when he bunted to third and nobody knew who was supposed to field the ball. With the bases loaded Ross Gload worked a walk and Jimmy followed him with another single. Two more runs later the Phillies had come from behind and earned a comfortable 5 run lead. Danys Baez got the first two outs and didn’t look that bad. Charlie removed Baez and put in J.C. Romero to get the last out. Romero needs work and has not looked good in his most previous outings. This one was no exception. J.C. turned the 5 run lead into a two run save situation when pinch-hitter Mike Hessman hit a three-run homer. Manuel was forced to bring in Lidge. Lidge notched his 13th save striking out Jesus Feliciano. It was a great thing to watch the Mets fans exiting the stadium early.
Side Notes –
Mike Sweeny – Sweeny looked good tonight in his first game with the Phillies. He claimed afterward that the opportunity to play with a contending team was “Heavenly” having never had the chance before. Welcome Mike! Sweeny was 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored in his debut.
Danys Baez – This is the first time I’ve seen something positive out of Baez in a while. Charlie Manuel says that Baez and the rest of the bullpen need more regular work to perform at the level we expect. Well, let’s just tell Roy Halladay to stop pitching so many innings then.