Mets 2, Phillies 1 (Game 1)
Game 157 - Saturday Afternoon, September 24th in Flushing
One Sentence Summary: Cole Hamels pitched a great ballgame, but the offense came up short again as the Phils fell to the Mets, 2-1.
What It Means: This was getting ugly. The Phillies lost their seventh in a row, and their record fell to 98-59 following this game. It was the team's first seven-game losing streak since June 2006.
What Went Wrong: Hamels was cruising along with a shutout until he allowed a seventh inning home run to pinch-hitter Valentino Pascucci. It was Pascucci's first home run since October 2, 2004, when he was a member of the Montreal Expos. Brad Lidge (0-2) allowed the winning run to score in the eighth.
Mets starter R.A. Dickey took a perfect game into the sixth inning and a no-hitter into the seventh.
Featured Card: On June 29, 2006, the Phillies ended their seven game skid when starter Ryan Madson and closer Tom Gordon combined for a five-hit shutout against the Orioles. The Phils won the game, 4-0, and the scoring was started on left fielder David Dellucci's two-run home run in the first.