The Philadelphia Phillies failed to do anything offensively Tuesday night against the New York Mets in an NL East battle at Citi Field. Jon Niese had his best stuff tonight from the mound (as well as at the plate), and was able to shut the Phillies out in a complete-game effort, allowing just three hits. Kyle Kendrick, who took the hill for the Phillies, gave up five runs, but was charged with just one earned run in six innings of work.
The Mets got on the board in the bottom of the third inning, as Daniel Murphy singled home Jon Niese to give New York a 1-0 lead. They would attack again in the sixth inning, beginning with a Travis D’Arnaud sacrifice fly. Runners in this inning had reached due to a Kevin Frandsen throwing error. Kendrick would intentionally walk the bases loaded for none other than the pitcher, Jon Niese.
Niese quickly laced a double to clear the bases and put the Mets up 5-0. Niese’s three run double off of Kendrick was enough to give the New York a comfortable lead that they would not relinquish.
Tonight’s effort by Jon Niese was rather amazing, because rarely does a pitcher throw a complete game shutout and drive in more than half of his team’s runs. Niese was very effective in shutting down the Phillies tonight, allowing just three hits and one walk to go with five strikeouts.
Kyle Kendrick certainly did not have his best outing, but was able to get away with being charged with just one earned run. Kendrick lasted six innings, allowed five hits, five runs – one earned, four walks, and struck out three. Kendrick will take the loss and move to 10-11 on the year.
As has been the problem consistently throughout the season, the Phillies offense was completely shut down tonight. Niese had a very good outing both on the mound and at the plate, and his pitching effort allowed just three Phillies hits – two of them to Michael Young, who was the lone offensive bright spot for the Phils. Young, the only hitter to figure out Niese tonight, went 2-3 with a double.
Kendrick has been less than stellar lately after a good start to the season. Even though his ERA didn’t go up due to two Phillies errors, he still owns a sub-par 4.40 ERA on the year. His ERA was hovering around three in May and June.
Game three of this four game series gets underway tomorrow night at 7:10, as the Phillies send Cole Hamels to the mound to face Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was recently acquired by the Mets. Matsuzaka is known best for his time with the Red Sox, and won a World Series in 2007.
Kyle Kendrick takes his 11th loss of the year tonight, and Niese moves to 6-6 with tonight’s complete game shutout. The Phillies drop to 60-72 on the season, and the Mets remain one game behind the Phillies in the NL East at 59-71.
Domonic Brown was scratched yet again from the lineup tonight due to a sore Achilles heel. It was expected that Brown would play, but he was unable to suit up for the Phillies this evening.
The Mets traded two of their key offensive players before today’s game. Catcher John Buck and outfielder Marlon Byrd were shipped off to Pittsburgh in return for a minor leaguer and a player to be named later.
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