Mets 8, Phillies 0

Posted: May 25, 2010 in Mets

The Mets returned to the .500 mark with an impressive 8-0 win over their nemesis in the NL East, the Philadelphia Phillies.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey tossed six shutout innings, escaping several bases loaded jams, including one with no outs in the second, which really was the turning point in the game. With the Mets up 1-0, Dickey took a line shot off the bat of Ryan Howard. He shook it off, remained in the game, but promptly gave up singles to Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez to load the bases. Dickey calmly induced a 1-2-3 double play from Carlos Ruiz and after a walk to Juan Castro, Dickey fanned opposing pitcher Jamie Moyer to end the threat. He wriggled his way out of another bases loaded threat in the third when Ibanez lined out to short. From there, he cruised, and the Mets’ offense kept adding runs off Moyer and the dregs of the Phils’ pen (David Herndon, Nelson Figueroa). Jose Reyes had another nice game and seems to finally be coming around. He had three hits, stole two bases and scored three times. Jason Bay and Jeff Francoeur each knocked in a pair, pinch-hitter Chris Carter delivered an RBI single and relief pitcher Raul Valdes (now hitting .571) even contributed an RBI double and run off former Met Figueroa.
The Mets are now 23-23, four games back in the NL East. And while this win certainly feels good for Mets fans, I can’t help but remember the last series these two teams played earlier this month. The Mets won the opener 9-1 and were blown out the next two games. That really sent them on their May skid, so it would be nice to take this series and at the very least gain a game in the standings. A sweep sure would be nice, but series wins are a must (some decent play on the road is also a must). The teams meet again Wednesday, with Hisanori Takahashi taking on Joe Blanton.

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