The Philadelphia Phillies kicked off a 10-game road trip tonight with a 2-1 win against the New York Mets. Cliff Lee faced off against Zack Wheeler, and both pitchers pitched well in the first of a four game National League East battle, as the score would suggest. However, Lee would prevail, out-dueling Wheeler and picking up his 11th win of the season in a valiant effort over 8 innings.
The Mets began the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd, when Marlon Byrd hit a pop-up to right center field. John Mayberry Jr. and Roger Bernadina had trouble communicating who would make the play, and the ball dropped between the two. Byrd ended up at second on the play, and Andrew Brown drove him home with a single to make it 1-0 Mets.
The Phillies would grab the lead in the 4th inning. With two outs, Michael Young singled, and Wheeler walked Darin Ruf. Cody Asche stepped in and crushed a hanging slider to the wall, which would score both Young and Ruf. Asche ended up at third with his first major league triple, and gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the process.
While Cliff Lee had retired 10 straight batters leading up to the end of the 7th, Zack Wheeler would be pulled with 2 outs in the 7th and with Cliff Lee coming up. Wheeler, reportedly pulled because of a high pitch count, lasted 6 and 2/3 innings, allowed 5 hits, 2 runs, one walk, and struck out 7 Phillies.
Lee would run into some trouble in the home half of the 8th inning, running his pitch count to 120 and allowing two base runners. However, Lee came through and struck out Juan Lagares to get out of the inning, and ended his night allowing just 5 hits, one run, one walk, and striking out 7.
Jonathan Papelbon came in for the save, and was able to shut the Mets down, giving the Phillies their 60th win of the year. The Mets fall to 58-71, and the Phillies are now one game better than the Mets in the NL East. In addition, the Phillies have won 7 out of their last 9 games. In tomorrow night’s matchup, the Phillies’ Kyle Kendrick will take on the Mets’ Jon Niese.
Domonic Brown made a pinch-hit appearance tonight, and went 0-1. Brown has been sitting out the last couple of games due to a sore Achilles heel, but Ryne Sandberg has reported that Brown is feeling “much better” as of today. He was held out of the starting lineup on Monday just to give the Achilles some further rest, and he is expected back in the lineup tomorrow.
Mets’ All-Star starter Matt Harvey was revealed to have a partial tear of his UCL today after receiving an MRI. His injury will likely require Tommy John surgery, which will shelve Harvey for the next 12 to 14 months. This is already a huge blow to the Mets for next season, as Harvey has been one of the elite pitchers in the National League this year.
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