Friday, August 25, 2006

Unhappy Recap: Phillies 4 Mets 3

The 7 game winning streak is snapped. The 11 game home winning streak is snapped. And the Mets are now 9-8 against the Phillies this year, with two games remaining.

Brian Bannister was up to his old tricks, getting runners on base but he wasn't able to work out of it when Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were up.
In the first inning with first and second and none out, Utley singled in a run, and Howard hit a sacrifice fly to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
In the third Bannister walked Utley and Howard homered to give the Phillies all the runs they would need.
Howard now has 45 homers and 117 RBI with an average close to .300, he is a legitimate MVP candidate.

Other than the problems with Howard Bannister pitched pretty well. He went six innings and didn't fade like most Mets starters.
The bullpen of Feliciano, Bradford and Heilman and now trouble with the back third of the game.

It was the offense that couldn't get anything going against Randy Wolf.
They had a chance to get back in it in the third when Lo Duca doubled, Beltran doubled him in, then Delgado walked. But the struggling David Wright made out to pretty much end the threat.
Beltran cut the lead to 1 with a 2-run homer in the 5th, his 37th, but the bullpen of Geoff Geary, Arthur Rhodes and Ryan Madson (Tom Gordon is hurt) shut the Mets down the rest of the way.

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