Well, so much for that fast start out of the second-half gate for the New York Mets.
That great ERA Jeremy Hefner was sporting going into the game? Not so much anymore. The Phillies nailed him for eight runs on ten hits. The carnage was accumulated over 63 pitches, 38 of them in the first inning.
HEFNER: Hammered by Phils, again. (AP)
The first inning and the Phillies have not been a good mix to Hefner over the years, and before you knew it, the Mets were down 11-0.
Terry Collins tried to put a positive spin on the rout.
“I’ll tell you what, down 11-0, make it a game, pretty impressive by our guys,’’ Collins told reporters after the game, most of who had their storied written by the fifth inning.
Uh huh. Forty years in the game should know by now there are no morale victories in baseball. Few of them, anyway, and last night wasn’t one of them.
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