Given the conditions, there was probably a legitimate argument for postponing Tuesday night’s contest between the Mets and Phillies. Unless they were conducting some sort of bizarre protest for the game being played after nearly 90 minutes of delay, the Phillies might as well have stayed in the clubhouse. The Mets easily took the opener of the teams’ two-game set, just before the fall of midnight, by a 5-1 final. For a team looking to move two games over .500 for the first time all season, Philadelphia appeared more than happy to fall back down to the even mark and give it another whirl on Wednesday.
After looking much sharper in his 2014 season debut, starter Cole Hamels was erratic and uncharacteristically wild as he ran his pitch count up rather quickly. That, combined with a smattering of Mets base runners over the early portions of the contest did not bode well for a team that appears to ebb and flow as their starting pitching does.
After working around base hits in the first two innings, Hamels would surrender his first run of the evening on a Daniel Murphy single that scored Ruben Tejada from 3rd. The Mets would tack on two more in the 3rd inning, a frame that would see Hamels administer four walks and uncork a wild pitch.
The Phillies would draw closer in the bottom of the 3rd behind Marlon Byrd’s third home run of the season. The solo shot was also the Phillies first hit off Mets starter Jonathon Niese on what was a miserable evening at the dish. RBI base hits by Tejada and Chris Young accounting for three more Mets runs would spell the end for Hamels, leaving before completing his fifth inning of work despite throwing 106 pitches. The 6-1 New York lead would prove more than enough as the division foes fought off the stinging cold and on-and-off precipitation.
The Phillies would move back down to 13-13 while the surprising Mets (15-11) moved 2.5 games behind the first-place Braves. Wednesday’s contest will see Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.52 ERA) pitted against Bartolo Colon (2-3, 4.50 ERA) as the Phillies try to salvage a split with New York.