Phillies Romp Trachsel, Mets 7-2

Steve Trachsel came into the contest 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA over his last five starts and hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of those outings. The success didn't continue. The right-hander got smacked around for seven runs and eight hits in just 1 2-3 innings as the Philadelphia Phillies rolled over the New York Mets 7-2 on Thursday evening inside Shea Stadium.

Jim Thome, Mike Lieberthal, and Nick Punto all homered and Placido Polanco added two doubles along with two RBIs as the Phillies took the series opener of the four game set on a cool, mid 60s night in Flushing Meadows.

Vincente Padilla (8-8) tossed eight innings and allowed just two runs and seven hits to earn the victory.

"When you go out there with a 4-0 lead early in the game it gives you a lot of confidence," Padilla said through an interpreter to the Associated Press.

Philadelphia (50-39) got off on the right foot by getting to Mets starter Steve Trachsel (8-6) for four early runs. Placido Polanco got it started with an a RBI double before Jim Thome deposited his twenty-third homer of the year, a two run shot, over the leftfield wall.

Mike Lieberthal followed with a solo home run, his seventh of the season.

The first inning breakout was a relief for Philadelphia after Montreal's Tomo Okha held them without a hit Wednesday night until the first batter in the seventh.

"Maybe facing Ohka last night helped our offense," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said to the Associated Press. "When you get that many runs early it helps the pitcher relax."

Thome's shot was estimated at 445-feet after it smashed into the video board in left-center.

"I was looking for a ball inside to get the runner over," Thome said to the Associated Press, "but he left a changeup away so I just stayed with it."

New York (39-51) got on the board in the bottom of the first on Ty Wigginton's double into right center field that drove home Timo Perez.

Nick Punto began the second inning with his first homer of the year before Placido Polanco doubled home a run and, with two outs, Pat Burrell walked with the bases loaded to chase Trachsel. Pedro Feliciano entered and got David Bell to pop out to end the frame.

That was the end of the scoring until the final inning.

Jason Phillips ended Padilla's night after he started the bottom of the ninth by depositing a pitch over the centerfield wall for his fifth homer of the year.

Trachsel -- who came into the game 7-5 with a 3.24 ERA against Philadelphia in 18 games during his career -- allowed eight hits and seven runs while walking two and fanning four.

"He just didn't have it, let's face it," Mets manager Art Howe said to the Associated Press. "Three home runs in two innings -- that's not Steve."

Notes
Mets recalled outfielder Jeff Duncan from Double-A Binghamton before the game and sent RHP Jason Roach to Triple-A Norfolk... Pat Burrell, after going 1-for-4, is now 2-for-19 in his last five games... Jeromy Burnitz ended a seven-game RBI streak... LHP Mike Stanton planned to make his second rehab appearance with Brooklyn Thursday night... SS Jimmy Rollins, who is 5-for-27 against Trachsel, received the night off... RHP Aaron Heilman (0-1, 4.76) draws LHP Randy Wolf (9-4, 3.40) on Friday evening...

Writer Christopher Covers the Mets on a daily basis for NYMFansOnly.com. E-mail him your questions or comments at CGGuy86@yahoo.com


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