Phils Power Their Way To 11-3 Win Over Mets

Before we get too excited, let's remember that we've seen these offensive spurts from the Phillies before this season only to have the very same hitters spit and sputter for days after seemingly coming to life. Even with that in mind, the Wednesday night version of the Phillies looked much better than the version that we've seen on the past few nights as the Phils powered their way to an 11-3 win over the Mets.

It had been a while since the Phillies offense went wild on an opposing pitcher. Wednesday night, was long-ball night at The Vet as the Phillies slugged five homeruns to beat the Mets 11-3. Ricky Ledee started the barrage in the bottom of the second inning with a three-run shot off Mets starter Pedro Astacio (3-2). The blast helped to make up for Ledee's misplay on a line drive by Roger Cedeno in the top of the first inning, helping the Mets to a 1-0 lead. Ledee's shot made it 3-1 Phillies.

Mike Lieberthal singled in the bottom of the third, scoring Jim Thome and giving the Phillies a 4-1 lead. That lead quickly moved to 5-1 in the fourth when Jimmy Rollins hit his second homerun of the season.

The Phillies continued to add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth as Thome hit his eleventh homerun of the season, followed by a walk to Bobby Abreu and an RBI double by Lieberthal as the Phillies suddenly led 7-1. The homerun attack didn't end there though as Placido Polanco took David Cone deep in the bottom of the sixth inning.

As the Phillies offense kept working, so did Vicente Padilla (4-6). Even though he threw a lot of pitches early in the game and walked a career high five hitters, Padilla was effective enough to keep the Mets at bay. Padilla made it through the seventh inning before giving way to the Phillies bullpen with an 8-1 lead. Hector Mercado came on in the eighth and gave up a hit to pinch-hitter Tyuoshi Shinjo, but also wound up striking out the side to hold the Phillies lead at 8-1.

By the bottom of the eighth inning, the Phillies offense decided to put in a little overtime and Abreu got into the fun with a long homerun to straight-away center field. The blast followed a pinch-hit single by Marlon Byrd and a one-out single by Polanco to give the Phillies an 11-1 lead.

Things seemed completely safe going to the ninth and Larry Bowa decided to get some work for Terry Adams, who was activated from the restricted list on Tuesday. Adams self-destructed and couldn't make it through the inning as Bowa had wanted. The Mets immediately jumped on Adams and put two more runs on the board with only one out. Reluctantly, Bowa went to the bullpen to bring in Rheal Cormier, who again worked his magic. Cormier threw a game ending double-play ground ball to put down the Mets uprising in short order and preserve the Phillies 11-3 win.


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