John Mayberry homered to lead off the 7th inning, and Placido Polanco hit a tie-breaking sac fly later in the inning to give Roy Halladay and the Phillies the win over the Mets.  The Mets have now lost 3 in a row and drop to 11-16 on the year.

This was a classic pitcher’s duel between the established ace Halladay and the young Jon Niese.  The Mets got to Halladay first, plating the first run on Carlos Beltran’s RBI single to drive in Daniel Murphy in the 4th.  They threatened to score more in that inning, but Halladay buckled down and retired the next 3 batters with 2 on.  Niese made the 1-0 lead stand up until he ran out of gas in the 7th inning.

Thank God I get to hit here instead of Citi Field...

3 Up:

-Defense: The Mets played sharp defense today, making nice plays in the 1st (Jason Bay’s diving catch), the 6th (Ike Davis’s running catch on a foul ball), and the 8th (Ben Francisco caught stealing after he came off the base).

-Pitching: Both starting pitchers allowed baserunners throughout the day, but put on a clinic on how to pitch when in trouble.  The 2 teams were a combined 2-14 with runners in scoring position.

-Carlos Beltran: Against arguably baseball’s top pitcher on a day when his fellow teammates couldn’t do much offensively, collected 2 hits and drove in the lone Mets run.

3 Down:

-The Offense: No shame in getting beat by Halladay, but excluding last night’s 9th inning (aka garbage time), have scored 1 total run the past 2 games.

-Taylor Buchholz: Has pitched well this year, but had to do a better job clamping down with runners on base today.  After Niese was pulled, he allowed a single and then Polanco’s go-ahead sac fly.

-Jason Bay: 0-4 with 3 strikeouts today.  His average has now dropped to .265.

On Deck: The Mets try to salvage the last game of this 3-game set.  It is a Sunday Night ESPN game, starting at 8:05 PM.

NYM Young (1-0, 2.65 ERA) vs. PHI Lee (2-2, 4.18 ERA)