Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 8/28/13
  Although Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game effectively with only one run through four innings, he racked up 90 pitches and burned out in the fifth inning where he was tagged for three runs before his departure. Matsuzaka was removed after 110 pitches, but only 66 of them were strikes. He walked four batters over his short time on the mound, contributing to his high pitch count and overall struggles Matsuzaka actually hit John Mayberry with the bases loaded to allow a run and Cole Hamels drove in two runs…yeesh. He’s the first Mets pitcher to fire 110 pitches without finishing five innings since…Oliver Perez. Robert Carson allowed a home run to Carlos Ruiz to put the Phillies up 5-1 at the time and they would never look back. They scored another run in the ninth when the Mets made two errors, but that really doesn’t need mentioning… On the positive side of things, Ike Davis ripped an RBI single off Cole Hamels early in the game to put the Mets up 1-0 early. He was 1-for-4 and str...
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