The Mets swept three games in May when the Phillies failed to score a run, then they wasted a gem by Cole Hamels on Friday.
In their first 36 innings this season at the Mets’ ballpark, the Phillies‘ offense was stuck in neutral.
Before Saturday’s game, manager Charlie Manuel peered out over the field and shook his head. There was no mystery here. His team simply hadn’t played well, and that had to change.
“What’s wrong with this ballpark?” he asked. “It’s got some hits in it.”
Indeed, there were some hits to be found Saturday night for the Phillies as they did enough to back up Roy Halladay in their 4-0 win.
It was Halladay who provided the spark — not just on the mound, but with his bat.
One night after Hamels got the team’s lone hit off R.A. Dickey, Halladay stepped to the plate with two outs in the third inning and Mets’ starter Pat Misch still perfect. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins turned to a handful of teammates in the dugout and joked that it would be an interesting twist if it was Halladay who came up with Saturday’s first hit, too.”
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