Sunday, September 26, 2010
Game 155: Mets @ Phillies
By Adam Rubin
4:49 p.m.: The Mets win the rubber game, 7-3. Carlos Beltran homers twice and David Wright also goes deep. Manny Acosta credited with the win. It marks only the fifth road series win this year. The others: at Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Washington.
4:28 p.m.: Carlos Beltran has homered from both sides of the plate. His opposite-field two-run shot in the ninth off Ryan Madson gives the Mets a 7-3 lead. The shots scored Nick Evans, who was 3-for-5 and is hitting .379.
4:24 p.m.: Jimmy Rollins pinch hitting for Wilson Valdez with two out and man on second base in eighth inning. Rollins had been out since Sept. 8 because of a right hamstring strain. He grounds out to first, however, and Elmer Dessens gets through the frame unscathed. Rollins remains in the game at shortstop.
4:12 p.m.: Luis Castillo gets his first plate appearance in 15 days and strikes out as a pinch hitter in the eighth.
4:05 p.m.: Nick Evans makes a sliding backhand grab on Ryan Howard's bloop in shallow left field to end the seventh and keep the Phillies from drawing closer. Mets 5, Phillies 3.
4:01 p.m.: Pedro Feliciano relieving Manny Acosta in the seventh. Feliciano matches his own single-season franchise record for relief appearances with No. 88. The last major reliever to reach the 90-appearance plateau was Salomon Torres, who made 94 relief appearances with Pittsburgh in 2006. Before that, it was Kent Tekulve with 90 with Philadelphia in 1987.
3:43 p.m.: Carlos Beltran makes a diving catch in left-center against Ross Gload to end the sixth inning and preserve a 5-3 lead.
3:24 p.m.: Ryan Howard follows Chase Utley's long ball with a double to chase Pat Misch with two out in the fifth. Misch, who is 0-4 this season and 3-15 in his major league career, is pulled one out from being eligible for the win. Sean Green enters and strikes out Jayson Werth to end the fifth. Mets 5, Phillies 3.
3:15 p.m.: Chase Utley delivers a two-out, three-run homer against Pat Misch in the fifth as Philadelphia pulls within 5-3.
If the Mets hold on, Cole Hamels could drop to 0-4 vs. the Mets this season. He would be the first pitcher since Livan Hernandez in 1999 to go winless in four or more decisions in a season against the Mets, and the seventh pitcher overall, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The only other Phillie on that list: Grant Jackson in 1970. Remember, though, that the final scores in Hamels' 2010 losses to the Mets are 3-0, 1-0, 1-0. And they haven't scored this time, either.
2:58 p.m.: Carlos Beltran opens the fifth with a homer that chases Cole Hamels. Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling had been all over Beltran on the broadcast earlier in the game about not going hard to second on David Wright's double-play grounder. Meanwhile, in the fifth, Wright follows Beltran by striking out for the 156th time, tying the single-season record also held by Dave Kingman (1982) and Tommie Agee (1970).
The Mets' all-time single-season strikeout leaders:
Wright, 2010, 156
Kingman, 1982, 156
Agee, 1970, 156
Kingman, 1975, 153
Todd Hundley, 1996, 146
Mo Vaughn, 2002, 145
Mike Cameron, 2004, 143
Darryl Strawberry, 1986, 141
Wright, 2009, 140
2:39 p.m.: The Mets lead 4-0. Nick Evans bloops a ball in front of right fielder Jayson Werth, which then skips by him. Two runs score, although Jose Reyes is thrown out on the bases for the second time in the game to end the half-inning. Reyes is retired at the plate trying to score all the way from first base. Earlier, Reyes was thrown out attempting to steal third base.
2:37 p.m.: The Mets open a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when Jose Reyes produces a bases-loaded infield single once Henry Blanco beats Raul Valdez's throw to second base. Cole Hamels has been grumpy with plate umpire Mike Winters' strike zone.
1:56 p.m.: David Wright belts his 26th homer to lead off the second inning as the Mets take a 1-0 lead against Cole Hamels. Wright now has 96 RBIs.
The Phillies can clinch a playoff spot with a win. According to ESPN's Mark Simon, the Mets have been the opponent in at least these clinchings:
1964 Cardinals clinched NL by beating Mets on last day of season.
1970 Pirates clinched NL East by beating Mets.
1992 Pirates clinched NL East by beating Mets.
2000 Braves clinched NL East vs Mets. Mets won next day to clinch wild card.
2003 Marlins beat the Mets to clinch the wild card.
1:35 p.m.: Lineups:
Jose Reyes, SS
Nick Evans, LF
Carlos Beltran, CF
David Wright, 3B
Angel Pagan, RF
Ike Davis, 1B
Joaquin Arias, 2B
Henry Blanco, C
Pat Misch, LHP
Shane Victorino, CF
Placido Polanco, 3B
Chase Utley, 2B
Ryan Howard, 1B
Jayson Werth, RF
Raul Ibanez, LF
Carlos Ruiz, C
Wilson Valdez, SS
Cole Hamels, LHP