Ryan Howard hit 2 home runs, including a grand slam, Ben Francisco and Placido Polanco each added 2 RBI, and the Mets now drop to 11-15 on the year.  Mike Pelfrey allowed 8 hits and 4 runs in his 4.1 innings of work.  Dillon Gee relieved Pelfrey and only allowed one hit.  Unfortunately, that one hit was Ryan Howard’s grand slam to make the game 8-0 in the 6th inning, and effectively end the game.

Vance Worley pitched 6 shutout innings for the Phillies.  The Mets threatened in the top of the first inning, with Daniel Murphy and David Wright reaching base on errors.  But Worley coaxed a double-play ball out of Carlos Beltran to end the threat.  He and Pelfrey would trade zeros until the 4th inning, when Howard hit the first of his home runs, a 2-run shot.  From that point on, it was all Phillies.

What do I have to do to win in this park?

3 Up:

-Tim Byrdak: The only Mets pitcher with a successful outing.  He recorded the final 4 outs, 2 of them coming via strikeout.

-Ike Davis: Broke up the shutout in the 9th with a solo shot to dead center.  11-game hitting streak.  Kick-started the…

-Top of the 9th: Davis homered, Josh Thole worked his 3rd walk of the night, Jason Pridie homered, Phillies pitcher David Herndon was booed, and then the much-anticipated season debut of Ronny Paulino.  The only enjoyable sequence in the game for Mets fans.

3 Down:

-Pelfrey: In 31.2 career innings at Citizens Bank Park, he has an ERA of 9.38.  His performance tonight actually lowered that ERA.  Need I say more?

-The offense: Really, 2 hits and no runs off Vance Worley?

-Timing: After playing inspired ball for a solid week, the Mets were due for a stinker.  Unfortunately, it came in the game BEFORE they have to face Roy Halladay and then Cliff Lee.

On Deck: The Mets try to even the series in Philly.  The game starts at 1:10 PM.

NYM Jon Niese (1-3, 5.10 ERA) vs. PHI Roy Halladay (3-1, 2.41 ERA)