Instant Replay: Mets 5, Phillies 0

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Instant Replay: Mets 5, Phillies 0

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NEW YORK -- Mets’ starter Jonathon Niese wrecked the Phillies with his arm and his bat in a 5-0 victory on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Niese spun a three-hit shutout, allowing just one base runner to get to second base.

Meanwhile, the Phillies’ modest two-game winning streak came to an end with the defeat. At 60-72, the Phillies are tied for third place with the Mets in the NL East.

Starting pitching report
The regression of Kyle Kendrick continued on Tuesday night, no thanks to an error and bases on balls. Kendrick allowed five runs on five hits and four walks in six innings, though only one of those runs was earned and two of those walks were intentional.

Still, Kendrick has allowed four or more runs in eight of the last 11 starts and has a 6.10 ERA during that span in which the opposition is batting .344 off him.

Niese continued to school the Phillies on Tuesday night, picking up where he left off in his July 3 start at Citi Field. In that one, Niese held the Phillies to one run on three hits in eight innings in an 11-1 win.

In15 career starts against the Phillies, Niese is 6-6 with a 3.13 ERA.

Bullpen report
Zach Miner faced four hitters in a scoreless seventh before turning it over to Justin De Fratus for a 1-2-3 eighth.

At the plate
Michael Young was the big slugger for the Phillies, rapping out a pair of hits, including a double to lead off the eighth.

The Mets scored four runs in the sixth. All of the runs were unearned because of a throwing error by Kevin Frandsen when trying to get the lead runner on a grounder by Ike Davis. An intentional walk to Juan Lagares loaded the bases before Travis d’Arnaud drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.

With two outs, Kendrick intentionally walked the No. 8 hitter, Omar Quintanilla to bring up the pitcher Niese, who ripped the eighth pitch of his at-bat into the gap in left-center to clear the bases.

It was Niese’s first extra-base hit since 2011 and the three RBIs equaled his career-best for a season with four.

Big deal
Before the game the Mets announced that they had traded former Phillie Marlon Byrd along with catcher John Buck to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Mets received 19-year-old second base prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named in the trade.

Both Buck and Byrd will be free agents at the end of the season.

Up next
The four-game series continues on Wednesday night when Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.62) takes on Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 9.00). Hamels has faced the Mets three times this season, posting a 1-2 record with a 4.76 ERA. He last faced the Mets on July 20, going five innings and allowing four runs on seven hits in a 5-4 loss.

Matsuzaka will be making his second start of the season for the Mets and just his 20th in the big leagues since 2010. He has faced the Phillies twice, the last time on May 22, 2010 at Citizens Bank Park where Matsuzaka came four outs away from a no-hitter. Juan Castro’s single with two outs in the eighth inning was the Phils’ only hit that day.

Phillies-Marlins rained out Tuesday; makeup date to be determined

Phillies-Marlins rained out Tuesday; makeup date to be determined

Tuesday night's Phillies-Marlins game at Citizens Bank Park has been postponed because of rain.

Details for a makeup date will be announced at a later time.

The Phillies, winnners of four straight, were set to open a three-game set against Miami.

Following this series, the Phillies head out on a seven-game road trip starting Friday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Vince Velasquez, who was scheduled to pitch Tuesday, will now start Wednesday night's game, while Jeremy Hellickson will take the mound Thursday afternoon.

Vince Papale to Brock Stassi: 'We call that the last laugh'

Vince Papale to Brock Stassi: 'We call that the last laugh'

Former Eagle Vince Papale, the inspiration for the movie "Invincible," paid a visit to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday afternoon to meet Phillies outfielder Brock Stassi. Papale wanted to give him a copy of the film "Invincible" -- a movie Stassi has yet to see -- and talk to another Philadelphia athlete who has played the underdog role.

Papale said he couldn't help but get choked up when he first saw the video of Stassi being interviewed after he made the Phillies' roster (watch above).

"Brock's story came on and I started doing one of these," Papale said as he reached to wipe the fake tears from his eyes. "So I got my wife Janet and I said, 'You gotta come in and see this.' And I texted my son Vince down at Delaware and said, 'You see this guy? He's just like us.'

"I contacted (Phillies publicity director) John (Brazer) and texted him right then and said I wanted the film rights for this."

Stassi, a long shot to make the Phillies' roster, was the feel-good story of the spring. The six-year minor leaguer had a spring training to remember, hitting .306 (19 for 62) with six home runs and 17 RBIs.  

As always, when an underdog makes an impact in Philadelphia, there will be association to past Philly underdogs like Papale or legendary movie character Rocky Balboa.

"I did get a few ["Invincible" references on Twitter]," Stassi said of when he made the team. "A lot of people made that reference and I am honored to even be put in the same category as him."

Papale assumed the role of a reporter and posed a question to Stassi: "What kept you going?"

"Ever since I was drafted, I've believed in myself that I would be here one day," Stassi said. "And after my first spring, I was in extended spring training and that's a place you don't want to be when you are 22 years old at the time. And I ended up learning a lot about myself because you're playing on the back fields in spring training in the middle of the day, in Florida, in front of about five people, so it's really self-motivating.

"And that's kind of where I started to get the hang of pro ball and started believing in myself then. Because my first year was rough. My first year in Williamsport, had a terrible year. But, it ended up working out. It made for a lot of doubters. And it's fun proving people wrong."

Papale smiled and assured Stassi: "We call that the last laugh."