Mets 5, Phillies 4
Game 98 - Saturday Afternoon, July 20th in Flushing
Record - 49-49, 2nd Place, 6 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Cole Hamels' struggles continued, as the former ace couldn't contain the Mets and the bad guys won, 5-4.
What It Means: It's back to .500 for the Phils and they'll go for the series win tomorrow afternoon. Sunday's game should be a pitcher's duel, with Cliff Lee facing off against Matt Harvey.
What Went Wrong: En route to this 12th loss of the season, Hamels allowed four runs on seven hits in his five innings of work. The offense went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Although Delmon Young had three hits on the day, his strike out with the bases loaded in the fifth was the at-bat I'll remember most.
Jimmy Rollins homered to start the ballgame, and Chase Utley homered in the ninth to bring the Phils to within a run.
Featured Card: With the Phillies seeking center field help, one of the players that could be available this month is current Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd. Byrd had two hits in this game to raise his average to .274, and he's a very strong candidate for N.L. Comeback Player of the Year honors. Byrd appeared in 47 games last year for the Cubs and Red Sox, hitting .210 with one home run. In 80 games this year, he has 16 home runs and 55 RBIs.
It's doubtful Byrd will be reunited with the Phils however, as intra-division trades are few and far between, and because the Mets are said to be seeking a boatload of prospects for Byrd. Don't do it, Ruben.