Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets
Post Game Recap
Winning Pitcher: Bartolo Colon (10-8, 3.88 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: A.J. Burnett (6-10, 4.15 ERA)
The Mets were able to get out ahead of the Phillies early and never looked back as they defeated their division-rival Phillies 7-1 Monday night. The Mets wasted no time in staking Colon to a lead, putting up a four-spot in the bottom of the first.
Curtis Granderson started things off with a walk, and Daniel Murphy wasted no time scoring him with a double. Wright grounded out to second, moving Murphy to third, and he was singled in by Lucas Duda. After Chris Young flew out, Travis d’Arnaud and Juan Lagares had back-to-back doubles, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead before the Phillies took their second at-bats.
The Mets widened that lead in the fifth inning as d’Arnaud hit a three-run homer, his seventh home run of the season.
That was the last inning of work for Burnett, who was knocked around pretty good by the Mets in his five innings of work. His final stat line was eight hits surrendered, seven runs, two walks and four strikeouts.
Burnett’s counterpart in Bartolo Colon fared much better on the night, as he navigated through 7.2 innings on 121 pitches. Colon only had one 1-2-3 inning, as the Phillies were able to get their hits off of him, but he was able to limit the damage. He surrendered 10 hits and one walk over his innings of work, allowing only one run and striking out six.
Dana Eveland was also able to avoid an injury scare, as he was struck on his elbow by a line drive that forced him from the game. He took x-rays after the game and they came back negative. He should be good to go in the next day or two as long as the swelling stays down.
This could very well have been Colon’s last start with the Mets, as he was made available via trade last week. Colon has had a good season for the team, and there were four scouts at the game last night as Burnett is also being looked at by teams. If this was indeed his last start with the Mets, he left them with two good starts to end his little more than half-season tenure with the team.
The Mets and Phillies will continue their series Tuesday night as Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49 ERA) will take on Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72 ERA).