The Phillies, fresh off an eight-game losing streak, won comfortably in the last game of their three-game series with the Mets, jumping all over Met starter Mike Pelfrey to salvage a split with today’s installment of the Philadelphia/New York rivalry.
Roy Halladay, pitching for the last time this regular season, was typically surgical in six innings of work, allowing no runs, four hits, and a walk while striking out three. Halladay threw only 77 pitches and faced one over the minimum through five, before pitching himself into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.
Meanwhile, the Phillies scored in each of their first four innings, chasing Pelfrey after three innings and five runs before adding four more off D.J. Carrasco. Every Phillies starter, including Halladay, had at least one base hit, led by Hunter Pence, who went 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI. Jimmy Rollins had three singles and a stolen base, and scored twice, and John Mayberry, who pinch-ran for Ryan Howard in the fourth and stayed in to play first, reached base all three times he batted. Carlos Ruiz also had a great day, reaching base on all five plate appearances and driving in two runs.
The bullpen was something of a worry. Antonio Bastardo (who is almost certainly injured or fatigued) faced six batters, of whom only one was retired and three scored, and worked up a FIP just north of 54 in his 27-pitch outing, and Ryan Madson, who hadn’t pitched since Tuesday, entered in the ninth with a five-run lead and put two men on before working out of the jam to end the game.
The season-ending series begins tomorrow at Turner Field, as the Braves will try to hang on to their playoff spot. Today’s win was the 99th of the season, which means that the franchise record for wins is still in play, in spite of the eight-game losing streak. The Phillies need two more wins to tie the record and can break it with a sweep.