The Phils find themselves percentage points ahead in the NL Wild Card race as they take the series from the Mets by defeating them last night, 3-1.
The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then proceeded to steal first second and then third, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets would tie it up at one-all as Jose Reyes hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Phils would retake the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it 3-1 in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier tripled. That would be all that Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would need as he would be able to control the Mets after giving up five hits to the first ten men that he would face, but giving up only one run, as he would pitch six and two-thirds innings, giving up only six hits and striking out four, before being lifted in the bottom of the seventh with a man on first (Luis Castillo) via the only walk that he would give up during the game, with two men out, before Chad Durbin would end the inning by getting Jeff Francoeur to fly out to center for the inning’s final out. The back end of the Phils’ bullpen would easily handle the Mets in the last two innings, with their closer Brad Lidge throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his sixteenth save of the season, as he got Josh Thole to end the game by flying out to center.
Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds inning, giving up just a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 8-5 with a 4.45 ERA. Chad Durbin receives his tenth hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson collects his fifth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk, while striking out two. Brad Lidge receives his sixteenth save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Mike Pelfrey took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out a batter. His record is now 11-7 with a 3.95 ERA. Pedro Feliciano, Bobby Parnell and Hisanori Takahashi combine for two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Feliciano (1), Takahashi (1)) and one walk (Takahashi), while striking out two (Feliciano (1), Takahashi (1)).
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with three hits, a single and two doubles, scoring one run, while knocking in a run. He was followed by Jayson Werth with two hits, a single and a triple, scoring a run. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz and pinch hitter Mike Sweeney had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles, with both Polanco and Ruiz knocking in a run. The Phils’ offense had decided to hit during the balance of the weekend series with the Mets.
The Phils (66-51, 2nd NL East, T-1st NL Wild Card) have the day off today, before they face the Giants (67-52, 2nd NL West, T-1st NL Wild Card) for three games at home, starting tomorrow night.