A tough loss for sure, the Phillies took one on the chin to the Mets, 6-3. They dropped back to a game behind the Mets in the National League East, splitting the two-game set at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phils held the lead until the eighth inning, when things sadly fell apart. Rudy Seanez got the first two outs easily, but Carlos Delgado ripped a line-drive home run (his second of the game) to tie the game. A Carlos Beltran hit took out Seanez and brought in Brad Lidge, who walked Ryan Church intentionally then fell victim to a Daniel Murphy double and Brian Schneider bloop single. When the dust settled, it was 6-3 Mets, and the Phils had blown it.
Charlie Manuel had nowhere to go with Seanez in the eighth. JC Romero, Clay Condrey, Chad Durbin and Ryan Madson were all taxed from the past couple games, forcing Seanez into the game. Question all you want keeping Seanez in the game to face the left-handed Delgado, and question walking Ryan Church, and you’ll have completely valid arguments.
And point to an offensive effort like those of a week ago for some of the blame. The Phils took the lead from Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth homers, but couldn’t deliver with runners on base, especially later in the game. Almost everyone squandered opportunities with men on base, keeping the Mets close, and setting up the crash at the end.
It’s a shame, too, because the Phils wasted a nice, hang-in-there effort by Kyle Kendrick. His five innings were filled with hard-hit bullets, but he kept from major damage. Being lifted after the Mets mounted a mini rally, Scott Eyre mowed down New York with two outstanding innings. He had three strikeouts and looked dominant against both lefties and righties. After the fact, Andrew Carpenter pitched his first major league inning, giving up a walk and a hit, but no runs.
Tough loss, sure. Big loss? Nah. Like I wrote before, this ain’t the end of the world. Let’s all strap in for the final 30-plus.
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