Kyle Kendrick was partially, if not entirely to blame, allowing six runs in four innings while striking out only one. Though the Mets tagged Kendrick for four in the top of the first, he was not entirely to blame. Kendrick loaded the bases with nobody out, with help from fill-in shortstop Michael Martinez, who booted what looked to be a double play ball from Mets No. 2 hitter Ruben Tejada. After a single, a fielder’s choice, a strikeout, and three-run homer by Nick Evans, the Mets were up a grand slam before all the tailgating stragglers had taken their seats.
The Phillies had ample opportunity to strike back, but never really did. In the bottom of the first, Hunter Pence struck out to end the inning with runners at the corners. An inning later, after the Phillies had clawed back into the game with three two-out runs, Pence, swinging freely against a pitcher who had thrown 25 pitches to the previous four hitters, popped out to short right. To be fair to Pence, he did go on to single twice later on in the game.
From that point, the Mets chipped in a couple odd runs against Kendrick and Michael Schwimer, while the Phillies, not lacking for baserunners against the typically scattershot Mike Pelfrey, failed to close the gap in what turned out to be a particularly laborious affair, clocking in at a lithospheric three hours, 41 minutes.
No game tomorrow, but the Florida Marlins come into town Friday for a three-game set. See you then.