Phillies 13, Mets 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Pedro Martinez felt a twinge in his calf before the game, and felt the effects during a terrible first inning.
The New York Mets could only hope a bad outing was the worst of his problems.
Martinez strained his right calf and left after giving up six runs Monday night, and the Philadelphia Phillies went on to romp 13-0.
Martinez was listed as day-to-day. The Mets said the three-time Cy Young winner—who missed a month earlier this season because of an inflamed right hip — felt the strain while warming up.
Mets manager Willie Randolph said Martinez left for New York and would be examined Tuesday. Randolph wanted to wait until he had test results to determine if Martinez would make his next start.
“He felt a twinge out there, but he felt like if it got loose, he could go out there and give us what he had,” Randolph said.
Martinez (9-5) gave up six runs in an opening inning for the first time in his career, the Elias Sports Bureau said. It was his second-shortest start ever — on June 20, 1995, he got only two outs for Montreal while allowing five runs to Houston.
“The concern, obviously, is that he’s OK,” Randolph said. “I want to wait and see when the dust settles where we stand.”
While the Mets are worried about their present ace, it was another strong outing for Philadelphia’s future one.
Cole Hamels (5-6) pitched eight shutout innings as the Phillies kept up their pursuit of the wild-card spot.
The Mets still have the best record in the league and lead Philadelphia by 14 games in the NL East. Yet in a season in which most everything has gone right for them, this was not what they wanted to see.
Martinez never looked all that comfortable in his fourth start since coming off the disabled list. He gave up four hits, hit two batters, walked one and committed a balk. He threw only 35 pitches before Darren Oliver relieved.
Martinez tested his tender calf on his first batter, running toward first on Rollins’ infield hit. Rollins stole second and scored on Chase Utley’s single.
From there, Martinez unraveled. His errant pickoff attempt sent Utley to second and after a hit and a walk, Martinez hit Aaron Rowand to force in another run.
That prompted a quick visit from pitching coach Rick Peterson—the first sign something was wrong, and the first opportunity for the Philly faithful to start a derisive “Ped-ro!” chant.
It got worse for Martinez. The Phillies made it 3-0 after first-base umpire Eric Cooper called a balk, and Martinez started a brief argument.
“I think he was more disappointed he had to come out,” Randolph said. “He kind of said he wanted to get back out there.”
Peterson said there was no way the Mets would take any chances and let Martinez toss another inning. He said Martinez didn’t seem too concerned about the calf before the game and that all veteran pitches throw with some kind of aches and pains.
“He knows how to manage it,” Peterson said. “That’s what he’s learned to do.”
While Martinez faltered, Hamels was phenomenal. The rookie left-hander had his fourth straight strong start, and overpowered the Mets in his longest outing of the season.
Hamels walked none, stuck out nine and allowed only one runner to reach second, on Lastings Milledge’s double leading off the third inning.
“Everything was working well tonight,” Hamels said. “Throwing my curveball for strikes was big for me.”
After losing two of three to wild card-leading Cincinnati over the weekend, Hamels put them on the right track.
“He’s going to be a very good pitcher,” Manuel said. “The more experience he gets, the better he’ll get. I like everything about him.”
Dellucci hit a solo homer in the third, and Rollins and Victorino had back-to-back shots in the fifth for a 13-0 lead. Rollins passed Granny Hamner, who hit 17 in 1952, for most homers in one season by a Phillies shortstop.
CF Rowand made a nice diving catch to rob Chris Woodward of a hit in the second. … The Phillies hit back-to-back homers for third time this season. … The Phillies have homered in 13 straight games. … Rowand was hit by a pitch for the 17th time this season, the second-highest total in team history.