The Phillies lost a very unforeseen pitchers’ duel between Chan Ho Park and Johan Santana on a Pedro Feliz throwing error in the seventh inning, as the Phils lose a close one to the Mets, 1-0. The Phils are still in first place as the Marlins lose to the Braves.
For the first six-plus innings, Phillies’ starter Chan Ho Park and Mets’ ace Johan Santana found themselves involved in an unexpected pitchers’ duel. In fact, Park gave up only a single to the Mets during those six innings, although getting into a jam in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men out, Jose Reyes would reach first base when Park would be unable to catch the throw to first from Ryan Howard, after Howard has caught Reyes’ grounder to first, for a catch error. Reyes would then steal second, and go on to third on Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error. Alex Cora then walked, to put runners on the corners for Carlos Beltran. Beltran ended the threat by flying out to left, keeping the game tied at 0-0. Meanwhile, Santana once again dominated the Phils’ batters, giving up only a hit and three walks, while striking out nine, in the first sixth innings. The Phils then had a threat of their own going in the top of the seventh, as Raul Ibanez started the inning off with a lead-off ground-rule double. But, that would be as far as he would get, as Pedro Feliz poped up to the catcher Omir Santos for the first out of the inning. Ruiz then grounded out, 6-3, for the inning’s second out. Eric Bruntlett then went to the plate to pinch hit for Park, and proceeded to become Santana’s tenth strike out victim. Scott Eyre then came out to pitch the bottom of the seventh for the Phils. He started the inning off by walking Carlos Delgado. After he got the next two batters, David Wright and Daniel Murphy, out by fly outs, he would be replaced on the mound by Chad Durbin to face pinch hitter Fernando Tatis. On a 1-1 fastball, Tatis hits a slow grounder to third. Instead of eating the ball, as it was obvious that he had no play, Feliz still tried to throw Tatis out at first base. Sadly, the throw went pass Howard, and into the right field foul area for a hit and a throwing error. Delgado, after going from second to third on the errant throw, kept on running to try and score from third. Jayson Werth, after picking up the ball, looked at Tatis, seeing him heading from second to third, before finally realizing that Delgado was heading for home plate. Werth then proceeded to throw a strike to home. Delgado, sliding, was able to get his foot onto home plate, to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. That would turn out to be the final score, as a Phils threat in the eighth inning would fall flat and they would go down 1-2-3 in the ninth, giving the Mets the win.
Chan Ho Park got a no-decision as he pitched an unexpected six strong innings, giving up no runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out five. Scott Eyre took the lost, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on no hits and a walk. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA. Chan Durbin pitched an inning and a third, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out two. Johan Santana got the win as he pitched seven strong innings of shut out ball, giving up only two hits and three walks, while striking out ten. His record is now 4-1 with an 0.91 ERA. Pedro Feliciano recorded his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless eighth, giving up only one hit, while striking out a batter. Francisco Rodriguez recorded his eighth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Phillies had only three hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Shane Victorino and a ground-rule double by Raul Ibanez. The Phils would be done in by both their offense being once again dominated by Santana and by their defense, which committed three errors in the game, one of which would end up being costly.
The Phillies (14-11, 1st) will conclude their two-games series with the Mets (13-13, 3rd) with a night game at Citi Field. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound their ageless veteran Jamie Moyer (3-1, 5.65), who will once again be trying for his 250th career victory, after being handed a no-decision on May 2, against these same Mets. In that game, he would pitch five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Phillies’ dramatic 6-5 extra-innings win. He will be going for both his fourth win of the year and the 250th win of his long career. The Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (3-0, 6.00), who defeated the Phils on May 1, going five and a third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year and his second straight win over the Phils in a week’s time. The Phillies will be looking to leave Citi Field with a series split, while going back home to Citizens Bank Park to face the Braves in a weekend series, hopefully still leading the National League East.