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Friday, July 19, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Phillies 13, Mets 8

By Matt Ehalt

NEW YORK -- That's not how the Mets wanted to start the second half.

Jeremy Hefner pitched one of the worst games of his career, giving up eight runs in two innings in the the Mets' 13-8 loss to the Phillies on Friday night at Citi Field. The Mets trailed 11-0 entering the bottom of the third.

First off: Hefner had MLB's best ERA dating back to June 4, but that momentum didn't carry through the All-Star break. He gave up four runs and six hits through the first seven batters, and departed after just six outs as the first four batters in the third reached. Hefner gave up 10 hits and a career-high eight earned runs. While the eight runs were a career high, Friday wasn't the worst outing of Hefner's career. On Sept. 20, 2012, he failed to record an out while giving up seven runs against these Phillies. Hefner dropped to 4-7 and his ERA rose from 3.33 to 3.93. Hefner entered the game with an 11.02 ERA against Philadelphia, the highest of any starter versus the Phillies with at least four starts.

Byrd's the word: Marlon Byrd continues to make himself a more attractive trade candidate as he smashed a three-run shot Friday. Byrd now has 16 homers and 54 RBIs this year, both pacing the Mets. While the Mets aren't going to deal Byrd for the sake of dealing him, an offensively-challenged team could look to acquire Byrd at the deadline. Byrd went 1-for-4 and has four homers in July.

Good foresight: Before Friday's game, Mets manager Terry Collins said the team didn't activate infielder Justin Turner off the DL in part because they wanted to have enough pitching. A few hours later, his team had to burn through its bullpen after Hefner's implosion. Greg Burke, Josh Edgin, Gonzalez Germen, Scott Rice and David Aardsma all pitched, giving up three runs, officially, over seven innings.

Ike with two: Ike Davis went 2-for-4 with a run scored after entering the game in a 2-for-21 slide. Davis is just 7-for-30 since returning to the Mets on July 5.

Their chance: The Mets sliced the lead to 13-6 and loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but pinch hitter Josh Satin grounded out to end the threat.

Up next: The Mets will attempt to rebound as Zack Wheeler (3-1, 3.54 ERA) opposes Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.05) at 1:10 p.m.