The New York Mets (42-51) took the second game of their weekend series with the Philadelphia Phillies (49-49) Saturday afternoon at Citi field by a score of 5-4. Bobby Parnell had to pitch out of serious trouble in the ninth inning to preserve the lead and the victory for the Amazins. After easily retiring the first two batters of the inning, Michael Young hit a tough one hopper to first that Josh Satin misplayed, resulting in an error and put the tying run on deck. Down to his last strike, Chase Utley then took Parnell deep to right field over the Mo's Zone to bring the Phils within one. Domonic Brown followed up Utley's homer with a double to left center, putting the tying run on second with rookie Darin Ruf coming up to bat. However, Ruf lined one towards right field that Daniel Murphy caught on the fly to end the Phillies rally and the ballgame.
Before all the late inning drama, the Mets were faced with a comeback situation of their own from the third pitch of the ballgame, as Jimmy Rollins took Mets starter Zack Wheeler deep to right field to lead off the game. The Amazins gave their rookie hurler some support in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs off Phils starter Cole Hamels (L, 4-12). Marlon Byrd and Juan Lagares each had an RBI single and Anthony Recker beat out an double play attempt to drive in the third run.
Wheeler got into some trouble in the fifth inning, running up his pitch count while loading the bases twice during the inning. The Phillies got a run across on a sacrifice fly from Utley, then reloaded the bases as Ruf drew a two-out walk. Gonzalez Germen (W, 1-1)was called upon for the final out of the inning and struck out Delmon Young with the bases juiced to escape the jam. Wheeler allowed just the two runs (both earned) on seven hits while walking two and striking out five in 4.2 innings. Wheeler threw 106 pitches in that span, with only 58 counting as strikes.
Germen, Scott Rice and LaTroy Hawkins bridged the gap to Parnell with David Wright and Daniel Murphy adding crucial insurance runs on RBI singles in the fifth and seventh, respectively. The two ballclubs meet again Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of the series, first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM on WPIX.
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