Instant Replay: Mets 4, Phillies 3

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Instant Replay: Mets 4, Phillies 3

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Cole Hamels’ difficult season continued in a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets on Friday night.

Hamels suffered his 11th loss, the most in the majors. He is the first Phillies’ pitcher to lose 11 games before July since 1937 when both Wayne LeMaster and Claude Passeau did it.

The Phillies gave Hamels a 3-0 lead in the second inning, but he could not hold it. Three of the four runs he allowed came with two outs.

The Phillies are 2-14 in Hamels’ 16 starts. Last year, they were 21-10 in his starts.

The Phils have lost nine of their last 13 to fall to 35-39.

Starting pitching report
Hamels did not allow a hit or a run in the first three innings. He then gave up seven hits and four runs over the next three innings and left the game trailing, 4-3. Three of the four runs that Hamels allowed came with two outs.

Hamels is 2-11 with a 4.50 ERA.

Mets’ right-hander Jeremy Hefner entered the game with an ERA of 15.68 in four career games against the Phillies. He allowed 10 hits in six innings, but just three runs in getting the win. He is 2-6 on the season.

Hefner pitched out of trouble in the fifth, getting Delmon Young on a line out to third with one out and Carlos Ruiz on a hard liner to center with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Bullpen report
Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman and Mike Stutes kept it close for the Phils.

Scott Rice, Carlos Torres and Bobby Parnell (12th save) closed it out for the Mets. The trio did not allow a hit.

At the plate
The Phils took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. The rally was highlighted by back-to-back doubles by Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown. Howard had two doubles in the game. Seven of the Phils’ 10 hits were singles.

The Phillies left 10 runners stranded on base in the loss.

Ben Revere had a bunt hit and an infield hit. He has hit in 11 straight games.

Eric Young Jr., recently designated for assignment by Colorado and picked up in a trade by the Mets, led off the fourth inning with a double and scored his team’s first run. Young tied the game at 3-3 an inning later when he laced a two-out, two-run single up the middle on a 2-2 fastball from Hamels. Juan Lagare put the Mets ahead with an RBI double in the sixth. The hit scored Lucas Duda, who had reached on a one-out walk.

Transaction
The Phillies activated Chase Utley from the disabled list and sent Michael Martinez to Triple A.

Up next
The two teams play again Saturday afternoon at 4:05. Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.40) and Dillon Gee (5-7, 4.56) are the pitchers.

Cuban ballplayers mourn loss of Jose Fernandez

Cuban ballplayers mourn loss of Jose Fernandez

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler played with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez when the two were growing up in Cuba. They traveled together to Venezuela for a youth tournament.

Soler said Fernandez's ability was obvious, right from the start.

"Since he was a child, since we were kids, I knew he had something," Soler said through a translator. "He had a talent. It was very impressive."

Fernandez's death in a boating accident at the age of 24 cast a dark shadow over the major leagues on Sunday. Miami's home game against Atlanta was canceled, and several ballparks observed moments of silence. Wrigley Field's iconic hand-operated scoreboard displayed Fernandez's No. 16 in its pitching column next to Miami.

But the loss of Fernandez was felt most acutely in baseball's growing Cuban community.

"He was one of those guys that everybody loved," St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena said. "He was one of those guys that everybody knew exactly what he meant to our community. For us, it's a big, big loss. It's one of those things where our thoughts and prayers are obviously with his family, the Marlins' organization and the fans. But it gets a little bit closer because he was part of our Cuban family."

There were 23 Cubans on opening-day major league rosters this year, an increase of five over last season and the most since the commissioner's office began releasing data in 1995. Many of the players share similar stories when it comes to their perilous journey from the communist country to the majors, and the difficulty of adjusting to life in the United States.

A native of Santa Clara, Cuba, Fernandez was unsuccessful in his first three attempts to defect, and spent several months in prison. At 15, Fernandez and his mother finally made it to Mexico, and were reunited in Florida with his father, who had escaped from Cuba two years earlier.

He was drafted by the Marlins in 2011, and quickly turned into one of the majors' top pitchers.

"How he was on the mound was a reflection of him," Oakland first baseman Yonder Alonso said. "A guy who had a lot of fun, was himself. A very talkative guy, he would come into the room and you'd know he was in the room. Never big-leagued anyone, very professional. No matter what, he would talk to you about hitting, because he thought he was the best hitter, and he (would) talk to you about pitching, because he thought he was the best pitcher."

Alonso said Fernandez's death was "a big-time shock." Yasiel Puig used torn pieces of white athletic tape to display Fernandez's jersey on the wall in the home dugout at Dodger Stadium. Cardinals rookie Aledmys Diaz, who had known Fernandez since they were little kids, declined an interview request through a team spokeswoman.

"We Cuban players know each other well and all of us have a great relationship," Pena said. "For us, it's devastating news when we woke up. We were sending text messages to each other and we were showing support. It's something that obviously nobody expects."

Fernandez, who became a U.S. citizen last year, also was beloved for his stature in the Cuban community in Miami.

"He was a great humanitarian," Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman said through a translator. "He gave a lot to the community and I think that's why he got a lot of respect from the community in terms of what a great person he was and always giving, in terms of always willing to help out in whatever way he can to try to better and progress within the community someone that perhaps wasn't as fortunate as he was."

The 28-year-old Chapman lives in the Miami-area in the offseason. He said he spent some time with Fernandez while he was home.

"He would come by my house. I would go by his," Chapman said. "We would have long conversations. We would talk a lot. We spent a lot of good amount of time together. It was very special for me."

Phillies' clubhouse reflects on life of Marlins' Jose Fernandez

Phillies' clubhouse reflects on life of Marlins' Jose Fernandez

NEW YORK — The clubhouse mood following the Phillies17-0 loss to the Mets Sunday was somber, in part because of the disastrous game that had just wrapped up, but also because of the tragic news of Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez’s death in a boating accident early Sunday morning.

“It was rough. People are devastated. I didn’t even know him and I was crushed,” Phillies starter Jake Thompson said. “I can only imagine how that clubhouse feels. That’s something that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy, to deal with something of that magnitude.”

Both teams paused for a moment of silence before Sunday’s game and the Mets taped a jersey bearing Fernandez’s name and number onto their dugout wall.

“This morning, that was quite a surprise,” manager Pete Mackanin said of the atmosphere of the day. “I don’t think it affected the players once the game started. It was such bad news this morning that everybody was kind of melancholy.”

Fernandez had built a strong track record against the Phillies in his young career, amassing a 2.88 ERA in six starts.

“It’s kind of cliché to say but you look at the start of his career and he could have been a Hall of Famer,” Thompson said.

Asked how he would remember facing Fernandez, Mackanin was succinct.

“He was a helluva pitcher,” he said.

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