August 24, 2011: Evans Lifts Mets Over Phils

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Date: August 24, 2011
Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey
Mets: 7
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Mike Pelfrey
Key player(s): Nick Evans, David Wright
Key play: Evans’ homer and double, Wright homer

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia. The teams played the finale of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Nick Evans drove in four runs in a 7-4 Mets win over the Phils.

Angel Pagan singled against Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick to lead off the top of the first inning. Ruben Tejada reached on shortstop Michael Martinez’s error and a single by David Wright loaded the bases. Lucas Duda hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Chase Utley to drive home Pagan. Jason Bay went down on strikes and Evans followed with a three-run homer for a 4-0 Mets lead. Josh Thole grounded back to Kendrick for the final out of the inning. Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey then shut down the Phillies in the bottom half.

Kendrick held the Mets to a single by Pelfrey in a scoreless top of the second. Carlos Ruiz singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Martinez hit a single and Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third base. Shane Victorino singled to drive home Ruiz and Martinez. An ensuing single by Placido Polanco moved Victorino to third. Utley got the Phils’ fifth single of the inning to plate Victorino and reduce the Mets’ lead to 4-3. A walk to Ryan Howard loaded the bases. Pelfrey then got Hunter Pence on a fly ball to right fielder Duda to end the inning.

Wright homered for the Mets’ fifth run to begin the top of the third. Duda was hit by a pitch and Bay lined out to center fielder Victorino. Evans followed with a single and Thole hit a force play grounder to Martinez. Kendrick retired Justin Turner on a fly ball to Victorino for the inning’s third out. Pelfrey then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

With one out in the top of the fourth inning, Pagan drew a walk and stole second base. An infield single by Tejada sent Pagan to third. Angel scored on Wright’s sacrifice fly to extend the Mets’ lead to 6-3. Kendrick retired Duda on an inning-ending pop-up to catcher Ruiz. Utley doubled with two outs in the bottom half. Pelfrey then got Howard to ground out to first baseman Evans and finish off the inning.

Phillies’ reliever Michael Schwimer issued a walk to Bay to open the top of the fifth. Evans hit a double to drive home Bay with the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Thole popped out to third baseman Polanco and a walk to Turner ensued. Pelfrey’s sacrifice bunt moved Evans to third and Turner to second. Schwimer retired Pagan on a fly ball to left fielder John Mayberry to close out the inning. Pelfrey then held the Phils to a leadoff single by Pence in the bottom half.

Philadelphia’s Brad Lidge shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. Pelfrey hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and the Mets failed to score against the Phils’ Antonio Bastardo in the top of the seventh. Facing Mets’ reliever Tim Byrdak in the bottom of the inning, Utley hit a leadoff double and advanced to third base on center fielder Pagan’s error. Byrdak threw a called third strike past Howard and a single by Pence against New York’s Manny Acosta brought home Utley. Mayberry was retired on a pop-up to catcher Thole. Acosta then got Ruiz on a called third strike to close out the inning.

Wright got a one-out single against Phils’ reliever David Herndon in the top of the eighth. An ensuing double by Duda moved Wright to third base. Bay hit a ground ball on which Herndon tagged Wright for the inning’s second out. Herndon struck out Jason Pridie to end the inning and the Phillies had runners at first and third with one out in the bottom half. Acosta got Polanco to hit a grounder to second baseman Turner for an inning-ending double play. Philadelphia’s Ryan Madson then pitched a scoreless top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell walked Utley to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Howard and Pence were both struck out and a walk to Mayberry followed. Parnell then retired Ruiz on a ground ball to shortstop Tejada to end the game. The Mets had a victory to close out the series.