September 24, 2011: Five-Run 3rd Buries Phils for Sweep

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Date: September 24, 2011
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 6
Phillies: 3
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Nick Evans, Josh Thole
Key play: Pence’s error, Evans’ double, Thole’s single

The Mets and Phillies played a doubleheader on a Saturday at Citi Field. After winning the opener of the twinbill, the Mets aimed for a sweep in the second game. Five runs in the third inning sparked the Mets to a 6-3 win over Philadelphia.

Jimmie Rollins hit a single against Mets’ starter Dillon Gee to lead off the top of the first inning. Shane Victorino singled and Chase Utley drew a walk to load the bases. Hunter Pence hit a grounder on which Gee threw to catcher Josh Thole for an out at home on Rollins. Thole threw to first baseman Joshua Satin to complete a double play. Gee retired John Mayberry on a pop-up to Satin for the inning’s final out. For the Phils, Joe Blanton hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Ross Gload doubled to open the top of the second. Brian Schneider hit a single and Wilson Valdez singled to drive home Gload. Blanton followed with a force play bunt and Rollins singled to score Valdez for a 2-0 Phillies lead. Victorino lined out to second baseman Justin Turner, who threw to shortstop Ruben Tejada for an out on Blanton and a double play. Blanton then struck out the side in order in the bottom of the inning.

Utley reached on an error by Turner to begin the top of the third. Pence hit a ground ball on which Gee threw to Tejada for a force out at second base on Utley. Mayberry was struck out and Gload hit his second double to drive home Pence with the Phils’ third run of the game. Gee then retired Schneider on a grounder to Turner for the third out of the inning.

Jason Pridie singled against Philadelphia reliever David Herndon to lead off the bottom of the third. Gee went down on strikes and Pridie stole second base. Tejada hit a ground ball on which Pridie got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by second baseman Utley. Turner drew a walk and Willie Harris reached third base on an error by right fielder Pence that allowed Tejada and Turner to come home. David Wright drew a walk and Herndon was replaced on the mound by the Phillies’ Kyle Kendrick. Nick Evans greeted Kendrick with a double that scored Harris and tied the game. Thole singled to bring home Wright and Evans, giving the Mets a 5-3 lead. Kendrick then threw a called third strike past Satin to finish off the inning.

Gee shut down the Phils in the top of the fourth. Pridie hit a leadoff double in the bottom half. Jason moved to third base on Gee’s sacrifice bunt and scored the Mets’ sixth run on a single by Tejada. Kendrick retired Turner and Harris on consecutive outfield fly balls to end the inning. Gee gave up only a double to Utley in the top of the fifth. Philadelphia reliever Michael Schwimer then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Gee and the Phils’ Michael Stutes each pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell hurled a perfect top of the seventh and Stutes retired all three New York hitters in the bottom half. Parnell and reliever Danny Herrera combined to set down the Phillies 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. Philadelphia’s Justin DeFratus then retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Erik Kratz singled against Mets’ reliever Manny Acosta to open the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez grounded to Turner for a double play and pinch-hitter Ryan Howard drew a walk. With Rollins at the plate, pinch-runner Pete Orr advanced to second base on defensive indifference. Acosta then got Rollins to pop out to third baseman Wright and end the game. The Mets had a victory to complete a sweep of the doubleheader.