Notes From Phillies’ 10-6 Win Over New YorkBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Thursday, May 31st, 2012
The Phillies won the rubber match of their three game series with the New York Mets on Wednesday night, claiming their 27th victory of the season.
- Still no wins for starter Cliff Lee. The lefthander was solid but unspectacular in his latest start, allowing three runs on seven hits through six innings, settling for another no decision.
- The Philadelphia offense sent in their run support too late to reward their lefthanded ace with his first win of the season. They scored just one run with Lee in the game, and nine once he exited.
- Jimmy Rollins came through with one of his best games of the season. The shortstop went 3-5 and drove in three runs. He hit just his second homer of the season, and also stole a base.
- Juan Pierre also had a three-hit night, and scored two runs. He’s continued to be an asset for this team, hitting .324 on the season.
- Ty Wigginton got another chance to bat cleanup, and this time turned in a productive evening, going 2-4 with a walk, driving in two runs, and hitting his fifth homerun of the year.
- Carlos Ruiz made his only action of the game count. The catcher pinch-hit for Cliff Lee in the seventh inning, and came through with a two-run homer to tie the game.
- Shane Victorino also had a nice game, driving in three runs, including two in the ninth inning.
- Relievers Antonio Bastardo and Jose Contreras performed well, tossing scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth frames.
- For Contreras, it was his fifth straight scoreless outing. It may or may not be a mirage, but for now its encouraging to see one of the other veterans in the bullpen step up and begin to assert themselves as a reliable option. Charlie Manuel needs to be able to count on more of his arms from the ‘pen that don’t belong to a guy named Papelbon.
- Speaking of which, Raul Valdes tried to make things interesting in the bottom of the ninth inning. The lefty gave up three runs, and forced Charlie Manuel to bring in Jonathan Papelbon to record the final out.
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