Sunday, May 2, 2010

Phils chase Santana, take series from Mets

That's an early favorite for game of the year. In case someone actually missed it, Jamie Moyer got off to yet another bad start. He put his offense in an early hole again when he served up a three-run bomb to David Wright in the first inning. With Johan Santana on the mound, things looked bleak.

Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard hit solo shots in the first, cutting the deficit to one. Moyer would serve up another home run; a two-run shot to Rod Barajas, giving New York a seemingly commanding 5-2 lead.

Then the Phillies exploded. Raul Ibanez knocked in a run and a bases loaded walk to Moyer cut the lead to 5-4 in the 4th. Then Shane Vicorino hit a grand slam, Polanco got another hit and Chase Utley blasted a two-run shot. The Phillies lead 10-5 and Santana's night was done after a career worse outing.

The Phillies' bats woke up and they took an important series from the Mets. They also lit up the two Mets' starters who have been rock solid this season; Pelfrey and Santana.

Getting back to the whole "beast of the NL East" comment from Santana. This season, Halladay vs. Mets: complete game three-hit shutout. Santana vs. Phillies: 10 runs allowed in less than 4 innings. Round One beast: Halladay

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