Offensive Resurgence Dies Quick; Phils Fall 5-0

We should have seen this coming. It has happened so often this season where the Phillies offense puts up double-digits one night only to fall flat on their collective faces the next. Steve Trachsel was made to look like Cy Young as the Phillies struggled offensively, getting shutout 5-0 by the Mets Thursday night at Veterans Stadium.

Yes, the umpiring was bad and yes, Steve Trachsel (4-2) did pitch well, but the Phillies were again a team with no spark to them.

Trachsel pitched six and two-third shutout innings, striking out five and holding the Phillies to just five hits. Graeme Lloyd and Armando Benitez covered the final two and one-third innings and kept the shutout alive.

The Mets used three first inning doubles to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning off Kevin Millwood (7-2). Millwood struggled with his control and didn't get any help from homeplate umpire Jerry Layne. Layne wasn't giving either pitcher the corners and it seemed to throw Millwood much more than it did Trachsel.

The Mets had six doubles on the night and used two more of them in the sixth inning to plate their third run and take a 3-0 lead. Cliff Floyd's eighth inning double plated the final two runs and drove the dagger through the collective hearts of the Phillies.

In six games this season, the Mets have beaten the Phillies four times.

Mike Lieberthal went 2-for-4 for the Phillies and Pat Burrell returned to the lineup going 1-for-4, but striking out twice.

The Montreal Expos come to Philly Friday for a three-game series. Javier Vazquez (5-2, 3.25) will start for Montreal in the series opener and will be opposed by Brandon Duckworth (3-1, 5.47).

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