Excitement, Plateau, Peak, Resolution: Phillies 16, Mets 1

The "B" in Baxter is for "Burying the lede." (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

After the tumultuous season we Phillies fans have endured, it's awfully nice to have a game like this to enjoy, particularly to cap off the season series against the LOL Mets. The Phillies scored eight runs in the first inning without the benefit of an extra base hit, then scored seven more in the ninth, capped off with an opposite field grand slam from Ryan Howard, as the Phillies throttled the Mets by a score of 16-1.

The Phillies got off to a fast start, with the first six Phillies hitters reaching base on singles. After walking seventh batter Kevin Frandsen, that was that for Mets starter Jeremy Hefner. The Phillies would finish the frame with eight runs.

It's fair to say that Tyler Cloyd pitched without a whole lot of pressure tonight. And he delivered a very nice performance, going eight strong innings, allowing only three hits, striking out six and walking two.

The Mets would get on the board in the fifth on a solo home run from Mike Baxter.

After the hot start, the Phillies bats kind of coasted through the middle frames, but who was really complaining? In a lot of ways it felt like an exhibition game. The sparse crowd at Citi Field didn't really help.

The Phillies would pile on in the late innings, scoring one more in the eighth and seven in the ninth, finishing the festivities with the above mentioned Ryan Howard grand slam. In all, the Phillies would collect a season high 21 base hits, with five for Juan Pierre, four for Chase Utley, and three for Domonic Brown. Every starting position player collected at least one hit, and reached base at least twice.

Gamegraph of "Seven runs in the ninth didn't even move the line" after the jump...


Source: FanGraphs

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