The bullpen is unable to hold onto the lead, as the Phils lose to the Mets in extra-innings, 9-5.
The Mets took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, David Wright hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had started the game off with a single, then stopped at second base on Daniel Murphy’s single, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, Kevin Frandsen being hit by a pitch, sending Rollins up to second base, and a walk to Chase Utley, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a grand-slam home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Rollins, Frandsen and Utley, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Mets cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Mike Baxter hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Lucas Duda, who had started the inning off with a walk. The Mets would tie the game up at four-all in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Wright hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Tejada, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, as a fan interfered with the ball, then went to third on Murphy’s single. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fifth as with one man out, Utley hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Mets retied the game at five-all in the eighth as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Kelly Shoppach hits an RBI double, scoring Wright, who had started the inning off with a walk. The Mets would take the lead in the tenth as, with a man on base, and with one man out, Ike Davis hits an RBI double, scoring Murphy, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 6-5 lead. The Mets then took a 7-5 lead as Duda hits an RBI single, scoring Davis, before moving up to second base on the late throw. The Mets then made it a 9-5 lead as Shoppach hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Duda. That would end up being the final score as Bobby Parnell threw a scoreless inning.
Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went just four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, as he struck out four. Raul Valdes piched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out two batters. Josh Lindblom received his nineteenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, plus a batter, giving up a run on a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo committed his four blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. B.J. Rosenberg (0-2, 12.66) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up four runs on four hits. Chris Young also received a no-decision as he also lasted just four and a third innings, giving up five runs on four hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. Robert Carson, Ramon Ramirez, Josh Edgin, and Jon Rauch combined for three and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Edgin) and two walks (Ramirez (1), Edgin (1)) between them, while striking out three batters (Carson (1), Ramirez (1), Edgin (1)). Bobby Parnell (4-3, 3.02) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two.
The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in a run. Ryan Howard (Home Run, 4 RBIs), John Maybery, Jr. (Single), Laynce Nix (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits, as Mets’ pitching, especially the bullpen, kept them in check. The Phils also had five walks in the game.
The Phils (61-68, 3rd), will continue their three-game series with the Mets (60-69, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (0-0, -.–) who will be making his first major league start as he’ll be pitching in place of Cole Hamels, who is sick. He will be out to prove that he’s ready to become part of the Phils’ plans for 2013. The Mets will counter with Matt Harvey (2-3, 3.75), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on August 22, as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Mets’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils fits. The Phils will be trying to even up the series.