On a beautiful day in Philadelphia the Philadelphia Phillies took on the New York Mets in the second game of a three game series. The Phillies won the first game behind two home-runs (including a grand-slam) by Ryan Howard and a nice outing by Vance Worley who got the start in place of Joe Blanton who was unable to pitch due to injury.
The Mets scored the first run of the game on Saturday in the 4th inning (an RBI single by Carlos Beltran) and Roy Halladay found himself in line for the loss as the Phillies trailed 1-0. In Halladay’s last home start he suffered a loss after getting roughed up by the Brewers’ bats. Halladay kept his composure, despite what appeared to be a narrowing strike zone by the home plate umpire late in the game, and the Mets were unable to score again.
John Mayberry, who got the start today in right field, hit a solo home-run in the bottom of the 7th inning to tie the score at 1-1. Later in the same inning, Wilson Valdez scored (sliding into home plate) on a sacrifice fly by Placido Polanco (who set the Phillies club record for hits in the month of April and is now batting a robust .398) and the Phillies took the lead 2-1.
Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, and Valdez all had one hit on the day and Polanco and Mayberry each added two. After a monster game the night before, Howard went 0-4 on Saturday. Ben Francisco was hit with a pitch & appeared to be in a good deal of pain, but stayed in the game. He was thrown out trying to steal second base later in the game.
Halladay scattered 7 hits on route to the complete game victory, walking one batter, and striking out 8. He now has a record of 4-1 on the season. Jonathan Niese took the loss for the Mets and his record dropped to 1-3.
The two teams finish the three game series tomorrow night at 8pm on the ESPN Sunday Night Game of the Week. Cliff Lee takes the mound for the Phillies as they look to complete the weekend sweep of the Mets.
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