Instant Replay: Mets 5, Phillies 4

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Instant Replay: Mets 5, Phillies 4

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The Phillies staged a late rally, but it wasn’t enough as they lost, 5-4, to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.

The Phils trailed, 5-1, entering the bottom of the ninth inning. They rallied for three runs, two on a double by Grady Sizemore. The Phils had the tying run on third when Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia struck out pinch-hitter Reid Brignac looking to end the game.

The Phillies are just 4-9 against the Mets this season, including 1-6 at home.

Starting pitching report
A.J. Burnett’s ERA in five starts since the All-Star break rose to 6.66 as he was tagged for 11 hits and five runs in six innings.

Two of Burnett’s last three starts have been losses to the Mets. In those two starts, he has pitched 11 innings and given up 19 hits and 12 earned runs.

Burnett is 6-12 with a 4.29 ERA in 25 starts.

Bartolo Colon (11-9) pitched eight innings of one-run ball to beat the Phillies for the second time in his last three starts. He scattered six hits, walked none and struck out six. He allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings against the Phillies on July 28.

The victory was the 200th of Colon's career.

Bullpen report
Mets lefty Dana Eveland failed to retire either batter he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning and both scored as the Phils’ started a rally that came up short.

At the plate
Marlon Byrd hit his team-high 22nd home run. He and Ryan Howard both took Colon to the centerfield wall in the fourth inning. Both balls were caught.

Chase Utley singled twice and doubled. Byrd also had three hits.

The Mets had six hits in the fourth inning en route to scoring four times against Burnett. Travis d’Arnaud homered in the fifth.

The Mets were 5 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

Halladay honored
Roy Halladay kicked off Alumni Weekend by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. The team paid tribute to him before the game (see story).

Up next
Charlie Manuel will be honored with a spot of the team’s Wall of Fame before Saturday night’s game. Cole Hamels (6-6, 2.42) will start the game against Mets’ right-hander Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.73). Manuel managed five NL East championship Phillies teams and the 2008 World Series championship team. Hamels was MVP of that World Series.

Phillies recall Jake Thompson from Triple A, option Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley

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Phillies recall Jake Thompson from Triple A, option Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley

After Monday night's rain-soaked blowout loss, the Phillies' bullpen seems to be a bit depleted.

With that in mind, the Phillies have recalled pitcher Jake Thompson from Triple A and optioned reliever Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley.

After a lengthy rain delay cut short Vince Velasquez's start, the Phils' bullpen was charged with six innings of work in the 13-4 loss. Pinto, responsible for five of the runs, tossed 1 1/3 innings as play resumed in the fourth inning. 

He may not be down for long, though, as the Phils have an off day Thursday to recover.

Thompson seems like a peculiar choice to call up. He's struggled mightily this year in Lehigh Valley. The 23-year-old who came over in the Cole Hamels trade, is 4-11 with a 5.36 ERA. He's given up 107 hits in 94 innings pitched, as well as 36 walks on the year — one less than he gave up in 129 2/3 innings in 2016.

However, Thompson is already on the 40-man roster and has not pitched since going seven strong innings of two-run ball on July 20. 

Tonight's lineup: Phillies showcasing Howie Kendrick in cleanup spot

Tonight's lineup: Phillies showcasing Howie Kendrick in cleanup spot

With less than a week to go before the trade deadline, the Phillies are putting Howie Kendrick in prime position to show off his skillset to a contender.

After sitting out last night's 14-3 loss, Kendrick returns to the lineup, batting cleanup and playing left field. In four games since returning from a hamstring injury, Kendrick has picked up where he left off, hitting .364 with two RBIs. Overall, Kendrick has appeared in just 37 games for the Phillies in 2017, but has been exceptional when healthy. 

Although he may not hit for power, his .350 batting average and ability to play multiple positions in the infield and outfield should be enough to interest teams. 

Cesar Hernandez will again lead off vs. the Astros. Much like Kendrick, Hernandez has had a strong return from the DL, hitting .321 with six RBIs in seven games since the All-Star break. He's also worked five walks compared to just three strikeouts. It's no surprise Hernandez's return has coincided with the Phillies' recent hot offensive stretch (see Game Notes)

Since the All-Star break, the Phillies have the seventh-most runs scored in all of baseball. Monday's loss ended a stretch of seven straight games of five or more runs scored for the Phillies — their longest single-season stretch since 2005.

Nick Williams will hit in the three-hole for the second straight game. Williams has sparked the Phils' stagnant offense since his arrival to the big leagues. In 20 MLB games, Williams is slashing .315/.350/.966 with four homers and 18 RBIs. 

Here is the Phillies lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Howie Kendrick, LF
5. Odubel Herrera, CF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Tommy Joseph, 1B
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Nick Pivetta, P

And for the Astros:
1. Jose Altuve, 2B
2. Josh Reddick, RF
3. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
4. Evan Gattis, C
5. Marwin Gonzalez, SS
6. Derek Fisher, CF
7. Alex Bregman, 3B
8. Norichika Aoki, LF
9. Charlie Morton, P