Posted by Craig Mitchell at 2:43 PM
Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia, Darin Ruf continued to be a Met nightmare as he connected on a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 4th inning. The Phillies sweep the Mets in a 3 game set with a 3-0 win. Sean Gilmartin got the emergency start for the Mets and pitched very well. As a matter of fact he held the Phillies hitless into the 4th inning With 2 out Jeff Francoeur doubled and Ruf followed with the 2 run homer, his 12th on the year to make it 2-0. In the bottom of the 8th, Andres Blanco connected for a solo homer against Dario Alvarez to cap the scoring, for Blanco his 7th on the year. Gilmartin lasted 5 innings allowing 3 hits the 2 runs (earned) walking 1 and striking out 3. For Philadelphia Jerad Eickhoff pitched 7 scoreless innings allowing just 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 10. Eickhoff gets the win improving to 3-3; Gilmartin is the loser falling to 3-2. Offensively the Mets managed only 6 hits on the day. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3 for 4. Kelly Johnson had 2 hits, Ruben Tejada had the other. With the loss the Mets fall to 89-70 on the season and finish 41-40 on the road. With the loss the Mets are ½ game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for home field advantage in the NLDS pending the outcome of the Dodgers, Giants game later on Thursday. Friday night the Mets travel home to start their final 3 games of the season vs The Nationals at Citi Field (weather permitting) Noah Syndergaard (9-7 3.34) goes for the Mets, Gio Gonzalez (11-8 3.93) goes for Washington.