Mets Take Game 1by Erin
309 pitches and 2 hours and 54 minutes later, the first of 18 meetings this season is out of the way. The top of the NL East went head to head Friday when the Mets traveled to Citizens Bank Park for a weekend series. The game featured a great deal of offense, but unfortunately, it was not on by the Phillies. New York knocked out four home run, and was able to score 9 runs on 10 hits, for a 9-1 victory.
Philadelphia gave the ball to Kyle Kendrick who went five innings allowing four earned runs, moving to 0-1 on the season. For the Mets, Jonathon Niese earned the win, throwing 7.0 innings and allowing only one run.
To start off the game, the Mets took an early 3-0 lead in the second, with consecutive home runs by David Wright and Jeff Francoeur. The Phillies answered in the bottom of the second, getting on the board when Jayson Werth scored on a single by Carlos Ruiz, for their only run of the game.
After their amazing performance against San Francisco Wednesday, Philadelphia’s offense fell short Friday as the team went 6-of-33 from the plate. After their run in the second, the Phillies were not able to get anyone on base until the 7th inning, on another Werth single. In the 8th, Philadelphia had their best chance to close the gap. With runners on first and second, Ryan Howard was unable to convert as he struck out swinning.
New York received an offensive surge from Rod Barajas. The catcher finished the day 3-of-4, notching three runs and three RBI’s, while going deep twice in the game. Angel Pagan added 2 RBI’s and a run as he went 3-for-5 against the Phillies.
While Philadelphia surely would have liked the win, not much weight can be put into the first of many games, but people will surely try to read into it as we discussed earlier.
The Phillies will look to even the series tomorrow when ace Roy Halladay takes on Mike Pelfrey at 3:10 p.m.