You know it's gonna be a great game when after it's over, Ryan Howard has 5 RBI's and leaves another 6 on base. It was that kind of game last night in Queens, as the Phillies had one of those rare games where everything went well for them.
The Phils wasted no time in this game, they came out swinging in the first and put up 8 runs on the board. In the first inning. The score was quickly 4-0 and the Mets changed pitchers, but that didn't phase the Phillies as when the Mets took starter Jeremy Hefner out, and brought Collin McHugh in. The Phillies made the most of the opportunity and scored 4 more runs in the first inning.
Jimmy Rollins scored twice in the first inning alone. Juan Pierre went 5-6 in this game, and Chase Utley was 4-5 with 4 RBI. Ryan Howard hit a 9th inning grand slam after the Phillies were up 12-1 to make it 16-1 and added to his total against the Mets as a team, he now has a total of 34 career home runs against the Mets.
Tyler Cloyd picked up his 2nd win on the season, going 8.0 innings and striking out 6 batters, only giving up 1 ER and scattering 3 hits.
16 was the most runs the Phillies scored in a game this year, the other highest total that the Phillies put up was 13 runs back on May 2nd, they ended up losing to the Braves that game 15-13.
It's Atlanta tonight at home, a series that could have been very interesting had the Phillies been closer to them. The Nationals clinched a spot in the playoffs last night, other accolades will come for this team.
The Phillies stay at 4 games back in the wild card because the other teams above them all won too. The miracle of them making the playoffs is just about dim, the fans keep the hope but it remains a very outside chance that they will be able to make it.
The Milwaukee Brewers have the most steam in challenging the Cardinals for that final playoff chance, they are now 2.5 GB and winners of their last 5 in a row, but St. Louis has been winning as well, reeling off 4 wins in a row themselves. For them, they have to win to stay alive.