One bad throw.
That’s why the Mets defeated the Phillies, 1-0, at Citi Field. It was a pitchers’ duel, and it turned on a completely unnecessary throw by Pedro Feliz, which sailed past first base and allowed Carlos Delgado to score from first on a squib Fernando Tatis grounder.
But there was more than a throw that cost the Phils the game — they left 13 men on base. The biggest culprits were Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, who each struck out three times and looked baffled at times. Credit Johan Santana, who was dominant during his seven-inning start; still, the Phils should’ve been able to claw out one run.
The Mets couldn’t score off Chan Ho Park, who turned in a sparkling six-inning, one-hit outing. The only blemish was a just-enough double by Daniel Murphy. Otherwise, Park was hitting his spots, attacking the zone and holding a wealth of confidence despite pitching in enemy territory. Scott Eyre surrendered the run, but it was unearned considering the circumstance. Chad Durbin pitched a strong 1.1 innings of relief.
Shane Victorino continued his hitting streak with an eighth-inning double. But he couldn’t score — probably should’ve. And the Phils? They probably should’ve won.