Two of three, two of three… Look, it really was a successful road trip, and the only thing that went wrong was the complete collapse of the Reds’ bullpen when there was a chance that the Phillies would get knocked out of the race. And when you have Derek Lowe going up against a red-hot Johan Santana, you don’t really expect to win. Even if Lowe supposedly knows how to.
He didn’t pitch badly, though in common with most of his recent starts he racked up a high pitch count and exited early (this time with one out in the sixth). This whole “innings eating” thing isn’t quite working. Maybe he’s on a diet. Anyway, he gave up a run in the third on a two-out triple and single, and that was all Santana and the Mets would need. They got a second run anyway on a sixth-inning homer by Ike Davis, and Saito, who right now just can’t finish batters off, allowed a run on two hits in the eighth for unnecessary insurance.
The Braves managed only five hits off of Santana, and nothing in two innings off the Mets’ bullpen. They had a couple of good chances to score early. Melky doubled leading off the third, but Lowe screwed up the bunt and Melky was out by about fifteen feet. They got two on with one out in the fourth, but Yune fouled out to right (if McCann had gotten to third on Matt Diaz‘ single, he might have scored the tying run) and after Melky was pitched around Lowe struck out. That was about it.
And hey, we did get to see Jeffy tumble head-first into the stands. That was fun.