The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night started a very important early season series in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. It was a little more important for the New York Mets because they wanted to prove to the Phillies that they would be a legit team to be contending with this season in the National League East Division. Well the New York Mets came out on Friday night and took the first game of this weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2.
The Phillies were facing a pitcher on Friday night in R.A. Dickey who is your classic knuckleball pitcher who can also mix in a pretty good fast ball every now and then as well. The Phillies though before Friday nights game against Dickey had good pretty good success against him at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Dickey going into the game against the Phillies was 0-2 career wise at the Bank but Friday night it was a different story as he pitched well against the Phillies. He just gave up one run to Philadelphia in seven innings.
R.A Dickey left the game in the eighth inning for a pitch hitter after allowing just nine hits, striking out seven and walking just one batter all game.
Cliff Lee pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies and was the losing pitcher in the game. Lee pitched seven innings and allowed four runs in the game. He struck out seven and did not walk anyone but he did allow two homeruns to the New York Mets.
The game did not start well for the Phillies either as Cliff Lee gave up three first inning runs as the Phillies fell behind early in the game. He gave up back-to-back doubles by Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy and than with two outs a two run blast from Jason Bay.
The Phillies got on the board in the third inning on second baseman Freddy Galvis first career home run. He is filling in for the injured Chase Utley who is on the Disabled List and well not sure when he will return, so it is important that Galvis be able to contribute for this team.
The New York Mets added to their lead in the fifth inning when Mets centerfielder Scott Hairston hit a homerun and put the Mets up, 4-1.
In the sixth inning the Philadelphia Phillies had their best chance to get back in the game when they had the tying run at home plate when Jimmy Rollins led off the inning with a single and went to third on a single by Jim Thome. John Mayberry Jr struck out and catcher Carlos Ruiz hit a line drive to Murphy at second base.
The Phillies play the Mets again on Saturday afternoon and look to even the weekend series. The Phillies need to get hits and score runner who are in scoring position because they left too many men on base on Friday night. They need to do this in the early season without their big guns.