I hate Jose Reyes. As soon as that shit bucket gets on base there is a fairly large possibility that he will cross home plate and an even larger probability that I will be swearing at the television while contemplating throwing it out the window. Reyes was 2-4 with two runs runs scored and two stolen bases. I think the worst thing about Reyes may be the fact that he is exceptionally talented. He is an excellent shortstop, one of the fastest players in the league and has turned into a really good hitter. He is also a jackass.
Cole Hamels has traditionally had a tough time against the New York Mets. Flashback to last year’s series in New York where the Phillies were shut out for the entire series. Cole pitched really well and Jeff Francoeur ruined everything. It looked like Cole would end up the hard luck loser after today’s game as the Phils were perplexed by awful right handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey. The Phillies were losing 2-1 entering the eighth inning only mustering three hits before a two out single from Jimmy Rollins. At this point, Mets manager Terry Collins turned the game over to his bullpen. The Phillies torched the Met bullpen for the second consecutive night managing three runs in the eighth and one run in the ninth. Chase Utley singled home Rollins off of left handed specialist and Ryan Howard doubled home Utley and Placido Polanco off of Tim Byrdak. Go to hell Mike Pelfrey. With their three run outburst in the eighth, Hamels earned his first win against the Mets in New York. Cole is now tied for the league lead with seven wins and he struck out a season high ten batters today joining Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay in the top five strikeout leaders in the national league. Cole is good at pitching baseballs.
Domonic Brown had his second two hit game in a row. He laced a double into left center in the ninth and blooped a single into right in the first inning. I know that it is way too early to determine that the guy is going to be a star, but he looks like he is starting to figure it out.
Ryan Madson pitched a perfect ninth inning earning his eleventh save in eleven chances. If my math holds up, that is 100% of converted save opportunities. That is really good. With the news of Lidge pitching in extended spring training games, one wonders what his role will be upon his return. The way that Madson has been pitching, it apparently will not be closer. The Phils won the game 5-2 and have taken the first two games of the series thus far.
Tomorrow, Vance Worley takes on lefty Jon Niese as the Phils go for the sweep. Go screw Jose Reyes.