If you hadn't heard of Matt Harvey before today's ballgame, you now can't forget him. In a division that already includes young starters like Stephen Strasburg and Julio Teheran, Harvey has become the leader. Already 6-1 (should probably be 9-1) with a 2.16 ERA and a 3.7 WAR, Harvey would be facing the Phils for the second time this season. Considering they only managed three hits against the phenom in their first go around, things weren't looking good.
Eric Young Jr. continued to hit the ball well for the Mets, beginning the game by singling off Lannan. He would eventually be brought home on a Marlon Byrd sacrifice fly. 1-0 Mets early in the contest.
Ryan Howard achieved the first hit of the game for the Phillies against Matt Harvey, singling to start the second inning. However, nothing would come of it as Harvey continued to mow down his opponents.
Their best chance against the young stud came in the third, when Chase Utley led things off with a double and Howard soon walked. Domonic Brown and Delmon Young could do nothing with the opportunity, and the score remained 1-0.
In the fifth, things began to open up. It started off with some controversy. Juan Lagares hit a ball out to Ben Revere in center field to begin the frame. It appeared he had made the catch and dropped it on the transfer, but second base umpire D.J. Rayburn called it a missed catch. This allowed Lagares to arrive at third and open the flood gates. A string of three doubles executed by Matt Harvey, Eric Young Jr., and David Wright opened up a 4-0 Mets lead.
Consecutive walks and an RBI double in the sixth spelled the end of John Lannan's performance. Joe Savery entered the game, allowing a sacrifice fly but outs to the next two batters. 6-0 Mets.
A 20 minute rain delay would do nothing but prolong the inevitable. Yet another double by the Mets, this time by Marlon Byrd, would score Wright after he had just tripled. 7-0 Mets.
Like salt in a wound, David Wright homered off Jake Diekman in the ninth to put the lead at 8. Two hits in the ninth amounted to nothing for the Phils in the ninth, and the Mets took the final game of the series 8-0.
Well, I can't say I didn't see this one coming. Matt Harvey is arguably the best pitcher in the National League. The Phils have enough trouble against mediocre pitching, so a win was going to be hard to come by. Still, to be shutout is always a downer. No one had an impressive game, as it was a disappointmet all the way around. Nothing to do but look forward to tommorow's game, when the Phillies head to San Diego, and Cliff Lee takes the mound against Eric Stults.