Moyer struggles; Phillies swept by Mets

NEW YORK — The Phillies dropped another game tonight at new Citi Field in New York.  The Mets were all over Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer from the very first inning, scoring four runs on two two-run homers from Carlos Beltran (scoring Luis Castillo) and David Wright (scoring Carlos Delgado).

Then, in the second, the Mets tacked on one more on a solo-homer from Jose Reyes.  And in the third, with one out, Ramon Castro doubled, over the head of Shane Victorino, scoring Carlos Delgado, who was hit by a pitch, and David Wright, who singled to center.

That was all Phillies manager Charlie Manuel could take. Moyer left after surrendering seven earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings.  It was the shortest start for Moyer since May 11, 2005, against the New York Yankees, when he allowed 6 runs in 2 1/3 innings.

J.A. Happ was handed the ball for the Phils, he got them quickly out of the inning, getting Mike Pelfrey to ground out to shortstop and Jose Reyes to strikeout.

Happ cruised from there, not allowing the Mets to score in his 3 2/3 innings.  He was followed by Clay Condrey and Jack Taschner who held the Mets scoreless in their combined two-innings of work.

Unfortunately, for the Phils, the deficit Moyer left was to hard to climb out of.  The offense looked improved over last night where they were held scoreless by Mets’ ace Johan Santanna.

The bats were able to put five across the plate, scoring one in the first on a Ryan Howard double, which scored Jimmy Rollins, who got the game started with a bloop hit to left.  Rollins, who’s spent much of the season with a sub-.200 average went 1-5.

In the fourth, the Phils tacked on another run, with a single from the red-hot Raul Ibanez, scoring the red-hot Jayson Werth.  Ryan Howard also hit a solo-homer in the sixth, clearing the 415′ sign in right-center field.

Jayson Werth then put the Phillies back in the ballgame, with a two-run shot in the eigth, scoring Shane Victorino.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.  The Phillies brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but were unable to comeback after the early deficit Moyer left tonight.

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Tomorrow, the Phils are back home against Atlanta.  We’ll host a game chat during the game.  So far, our game chats have been incredibly successful, and a lot of fun, so I encourage you to stop by, starting at 7:00.

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