A brutal first-inning error, a four-inning performance by the starting pitcher, six walks allowed by the Phillies staff, and runners stranded on base left and right. In the end, it was a forgettable 7-4 loss to the Mets on Wednesday afternoon.
The pitching: Kyle Kendrick allowed six runs in four innings, though all four runs he allowed in the first inning were unearned, compliments of an error by shortstop Michael Martinez. Kendrick surrendered a three-run homer to Nick Evans in the opening frame, as well as an opposite-field solo shot to David Wright in the third. The bullpen essentially held the fort the rest of the way, with five different pitchers logging an inning apiece.
The offense: After falling behind 4-0 in the first inning, the Phillies strung together three runs in the second inning against Mets starter Mike Pelfrey. Shane Victorino had a two-run single and Chase Utley plated a run with a base hit later in the frame. The Phillies had some opportunities thereafter but only managed one more run – on Hunter Pence’s RBI infield single in the seventh. Placido Polanco hit into a double play that killed a first-and-third rally in the eighth inning, though it was certainly more a terrific turn by the Mets than any failure on Polly's part. The Phillies brought the tying run to the plate again in the ninth, but Carlos Ruiz grounded out to end the game.
Next up: The Phils are off Thursday before opening a three-game set vs. the Marlins on Friday. That game, originally scheduled to be Cole Hamels’ return to the mound, will now feature Roy Oswalt (6-7, 3.51) against Clay Hensley (1-5, 5.47).