Mets Exact Revenge, Split Series With Phillies

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, August 27, 2008 11:13 PM | Comments: 72

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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  • Posts: 0 Don M

    My flight gets into Chicago tonight around 7:00… so a rain-delay to start would help me catch it all on TV. I’ll see the last 3 games in person though.

    I have RF – rooftop seats tomrw, regular seats in the 2nd-deck 1st base side on Saturday, and in-stadium bleacher seats in LF on Sunday. I will try to respresent us well out there.

    Interesting thing i’ve been hearing and reading is that the BASEBALL fans root for the WhiteSox out there.. the Cubs crowd is more there just for the hell of it.

  • Posts: 0 Rick

    His trade value isn’t gettin any higher, right?!?! About to win a GG and 5/7! Move him now while we can get Manny, Brad Penny, and that resilient kid that pitched the other day for the Dodgers! ;-)

  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Geoff, be sure to require J-Roll to take all of his rap CD’s and bling with him when he cleans his locker out. We don’t need any of that in Kim Batiste Jr’s locker when he comes to unpack.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    “Jane” Eyre …my sisters had to read that book in high school I think.. or they watched a movie about her or something

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    or JORDAN as in …. Eyre Jordan!!

  • Posts: 0 Richie Allen

    Looks like Ryan Dempster is pretty tough ,15-5 and a 2.85 ERA in The Cubs Bandbox (only kidding ).He has had ok years with Fla in 00 and 01
    But just woke up again this year with the Cubs..

  • Posts: 0 bull

    which starter would have been throwing their bullpen session yesterday hamels or blanton…he could have used one of them to pitch preferably hamels but i think he would have thrown yesterday…good managers in playoff races do this often

  • Posts: 0 Richie Allen

    See…this is great …not a mets fan comment for a while and great conversation results….I think this should be a federal troll-free zone

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    To Tim Malcolm~ you say..”truth: Charlie made moves Wednesday, and they paid off. Charlie made moves Thursday, and they didn’t pay off. End of discussion.” If you read carefully, certain posters (including yours truly) are questioning the wisdom of Charlie Manuel’s decisions in that faithful 8th inning of last night’s game. So it may be “end of discussion” for you but not for us. Personally, I asked.. 1) Why Seanez was not instructed to avoid pitching (don’t throw strikes) to Delgado?.. or 2) why Lidge didn’t come in and face Delgado for a 4-out “save” attempt? After all, Manuel made the move one batter TOO late.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    There is a video on ESPN.com or something that followed Brandon Webb around between starts.. I think he threw a bullpen session 2 days before his start, but they had an OFF-day in between.. so I don’t know if they try to to it a certain number of days AFTER they last pitch to recover… or if they do it a certain number of days BEFORE they start again to prepare.. sombody call Rich Dubee, Geoff’s boy..

  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    We need Hamels, Myers, and Blanton to come up with big performances against the Cubbies this week. More importantly, we need the offense to revert to their 7, 8, and 9 runs per game.

  • Posts: 0 Jim

    Can somebody please tell me why so taguchi is still on this team?? I gotta believe that marson or donald could come up and hit better then .200 and contribute more then one clutch hit before the seasons over

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Romero Pitches thrown:

    Sunday, 22
    Monday, 25
    Tuesday, 22

    That is why he wasn’t around last night.

  • Posts: 0 Richie Allen

    Bruce..I think Tim said “if you question the moves you would have valid arguments”…thats not end of discussion

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    To Jamie~ “revert to their 7, 8, and 9 runs per game”… huh ? Since when in real baseball life (although there are some here prefer this to be a baseball fantasy blog where one can “blow” up the team willy nilly..chuckle) the Phillies or any team for that matter can consistently score that many runs?

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Any team that scores 5+ runs should have a chance to win…

    643 runs/ 133 games = 4.849 per game for our Phillies, and with a Team ERA of 3.86 …. we’re pretty solid. 4th in the NL in both catergories.

    Mets = 660 runs, 4.01 ERA
    Marlins = 617 runs, 4.47 ERA

    Cubs = 729 runs, 3.75 ERA
    Brewers = 635 runs, 3.85 ERA
    Cardinals = 652 runs, 4.17 ERA (with Dave Duncan as pitching coach)

    DBacks = 612 runs, 3.97 ERA
    Dodgers = 546 runs, 3.73 ERA (best ERA in NL, 3rd overall behind Jays, and Rays)

  • Posts: 0 that guy

    Putting seanez and taguchi in the game last night was as good as a forfeit

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    you are THAT guy..

    when the worst guy in your bullpen has an ERA of 3.82… its pretty good. But you aren’t the typical non-stop complaining Phillies fan at all..

  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Bruce, I was referring to the runs they scored in games over the last week. I’m a realist – I know teams do not score an average of 8 or 9 runs a game – I was insinuating that I’d like to see the same offense that produced 7 runs, 8 runs, and 9 runs, respectively in the past week, do it again over the next few games.

  • Posts: 0 Tyler

    At this point, if Carlos Delgado doesn’t win comeback player of the year, I’d be shocked.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Maybe Romero wouldn’t have been as taxed if he wasn’t put in for a meaningless inning with a 5-0 lead Monday night.

  • Posts: 0 herrera marty

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