Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Another offensive outburst against NY, going for sweep today

Another day, another rout over the Mets and the Phillies are in position to sweep the series this afternoon.

A day after routing the Mets 10-0, the Phils were back at it last night with a 9-4 victory.
The Phils built a 9-0 lead in the fifth, before the bullpen allowed New York to tack on a few meaningless runs in the end.

The big blast in the game came from, you guessed it, John Mayberry Jr. His three-run shot in the third put the Phils on top 4-0. Mayberry is absolutely on fire, and there is no way Charlie Manuel can take him out of the lineup at this point. In his last six games, Mayberry has ten hits, three home runs and ten RBI.

Shane Victorino hit a solo shot earlier in the third to break a scoreless tie; a shot down the left field line which cleared the lower level and landed on the concourse toward the new Harry Kalas statue.

Victorino also a two-run triple in the fifth, his 16th triple of the year and second two-run triple in as many days.

Vance Worley struggled from the get go, but battled as he always does. In the first, he pitched out of a first and third, with no outs jam, and struck out Nick Evans looking to leave the bases loaded. In the second, he was in a second and third, no outs jam and pitched out of that as well by striking out the next three batters, all looking.

He struggled with his command, but Worley is the ultimate competitor and his efforts were rewarded, as he improved to 9-1. He threw seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, one walk and nine strikeouts.

Michael Stutes pitched the final two innings, allowing three runs on four hits.

The Phils got to Mets starter Jon Niese, who lasted just four innings. He surrendered eight runs on ten hits, one walk and six strikeouts.

The Phillies and Kyle Kendrick (7-5 3.24) look to sweep the Mets who will send Mike Pelfrey (6-10 4.61) to the mound this afternoon.

Kendrick is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in his last three starts. Lifetime against NY, he's 4-5 with a 2.88 ERA. He has one start against New York this season on July 17. He picked up the win, tossing seven strong innings, allowing one run on six hits and three walks.

The Phillies are Pelfrey's nemesis this season. He's 0-2 in four starts with a 7.58 ERA this season. He's 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in his last three starts. He's 6-6 with a 5.12 ERA lifetime against the Phils.

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