The New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 Wednesday night. Strong starting pitching and clutch hitting led the Mets to a much needed series win against their division rival.

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Initial Reaction:

Hisanori Takahashi faced off against Joe Blanton in the middle game of the three-game set. Takahashi was just as effective as he was in his first starting pitching performance against the Yankees. The Phillies couldn’t scratch a run against the Japanese pitcher, a similar problem the Yankees faced. He’s beginning to appear as exactly what the Mets need to solve their starting rotation woes.

Jose Reyes is starting to turn things around, as he showed signs at the plate AND in the field tonight. He blasted a homerun to lead off the bottom of the 3rd inning. He also made some impressive plays on defense.

Positives From The Game:

Running The Bases/Defense: Both Luis Castillo and Angel Pagan stole two bags tonight, while nobody was caught stealing. The stolen bases were all off of ex-Met catcher Brian Schneider. This team is built around speed and defense, and to succeed the Mets need to show more of it.

Breaking Slumps: Jose Reyes went 2 for 4 tonight, including his first homerun of the season. He has four straight multi-hit games, which has helped raise his batting average from .211 to .238 in as many days.

Japanese Pitchers: Hisanori Takahashi earned his first victory as a major league starter tonight going six scoreless innings, yielding five hits and no walks, while striking out six batters. Ryoto Igarashi pitched a scoreless 8th inning, rebounding from his poor last outing against the Yankees.

Negatives From The Game:

Bay: Jason Bay’s incredible five game hitting streak came to an end tonight as he went 0 for 4 with a strikeout. This lowered his batting average to under .300.

Interesting Facts:

  • The Mets have yet to give up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies in this series.
  • Hisanori Takahashi has yet to give up a run as a starting pitcher in the majors.
  • Jose Reyes belted his first homerun since May 7, 2009 tonight.

What’s Next?: The Mets look for a sweep as they wrap up their three-game series against the Phillies tomorrow night at CitiField. Game Time 7:10 PM.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (6-1) 2.86 ERA vs. PHI Cole Hamels (5-2) 3.92 ERA