This was the game in this series that the Phillies were undoubtedly supposed to win. Why the hell can’t Cole Hamels beat the stupid Mets? They didn’t even have any of their “star” players as Jose Reyes, David Wright, Ike Davis and Carlos Beltran were out of the line-up. In lieu of people who are good at baseball, the Mets utilized Scott Hairston. He went 3-5 with five RBI. That is not a typo. Seriously.
Hamels just did not have it today. “It” happens to be an ability to throw the ball over the plate. Hamels walked four (including opposing pitcher Jon Niese), allowed eight hits and seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. That last time that Hamels pitched like this was on opening day against this very same shell of a franchise. Inexplicable.
In addition to Cole’s uncharacteristically terrible outing, Jon Niese did his best Jerry Koosman impersonation going seven innings while allowing only one run. He is left handed, does not throw very hard and happens to be a mid level major league pitcher making him a difficult matchup for the Phillies offense. Add the fact that Ben Francisco was added to the line up due to the left hander and this was a recipe for mediocrity. This equaled a 11-2 ugly as hell loss from the Phillies.
Lets turn the page on this one everyone. The Phillies go for the series win with Kyle Kendrick on the mound. It seems fairly obvious to me that this series exists in opposite land. Expect a complete game shut out from Kendrick.