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Pelfrey yanked after two-plus

4/6/2011

Mike Pelfrey opened last season 9-1.

This year, he left Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in position to suffer two defeats in the Mets’ first five games.

Pelfrey was pulled with the bases loaded and none out in the third after Pete Orr’s catchable pop fly dropped in between Jose Reyes and Willie Harris in shallow left field.

Reliever Taylor Buchholz surrendered a one-out, two-run double to opposing pitcher Joe Blanton and ultimately allowed all three inherited runners to score as Philadelphia upped its lead to 7-0 and closed the book on Pelfrey.

Pelfrey’s ERA after two starts: 15.63.

Wednesday’s performance marked the second-shortest start of Pelfrey’s career. He lasted only 1 1/3 innings and allowed six runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 19, 2010.

Barring a big rally, Pelfrey will become the seventh starter in franchise history to be charged with two losses in the first five games of the season, joining Mike Hampton (2000), Dwight Gooden (1990), Gary Gentry (1971), Jack Fisher (1966), Al Jackson (1965) and Roger Craig (1962 and ’63).

Shane Victorino opened the first inning with a triple, and Raul Ibanez contributed an RBI single that two-run frame.

Pelfrey’s lowest moment came in the second. With Orr on first base and one out, Blanton popped up a bunt. Pelfrey, seemingly purposely, allowed it to drop. He then bounced the throw past Brad Emaus at first base, placing both runners in scoring position.

The odd part was not the throwing error, but that Pelfrey did not look to throw to second base after letting the ball drop -- since the purpose of the play would be to, at a minimum, get the position player off the bases if not turn a double play.

Orr ultimately scored an unearned run on Victorino’s groundout to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.

On the first pitch the following inning, Ryan Howard took Pelfrey deep to center. Pelfrey did not record an out in the inning.