Mets Come Back to Stun the Phillies

Posted by Jason Bintliff, Sat, September 12, 2009 08:01 PM | Comments: 60

Blame Ryan Madson and his sixth blown save of the season. Blame Jamie Moyer and his four, first-inning, earned runs. Blame Brett Myers and his three runs in 0.1 innings. Heck, blame it on the rain, but whomever you decide to point the finger at, the bottom line is the Phillies let one slip away and for the first time in a few weeks, don’t blame the offense.

Before Jamie Moyer recorded his first out, the Mets had jumped out to an early 4-0 lead courtesy of four straight hits, including a two run home run by Carlos Beltran. Moyer held the Mets scoreless after a dismal first, until the seventh. Aside from getting rocked to start the game, Jamie Moyer wasn’t terrible. When he left the ballgame, he left with a lead.

Moyer pitched seven innings surrendering five earned runs. All base-runners reached via hits as Moyer issued no free passes.

The Phillies offense finally came back to life, getting on the board in the second inning on a Pedro Feliz bomb. The Phils took the lead in the third, thanks to home runs by both Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez.

The Phillies continued to pour it on the Mets starter, Mike Pelfrey, scoring once more in the fourth inning and twice in the sixth to finally chase Pelfrey from the game. Overall, Pelfrey allowed eight runs in six innings of work. The Phillies tacked on one more in the seventh, thanks to an RBI single from Ibanez that scored Utley.

Ibanez finished the afternoon 2-5 with three ribbies, and a run scored. Raul contiues to show signs that he is indeed out of his mid-seasonslump, and his re-birth has come just in the nick of time.

The Mets comeback started in the seventh inning when Moyerallowed a run in his last inning on the mound. Brett Myers came in for the eighth.

Myers, since returning from hip surgery has looked solid coming out of the pen. This afternoon however, Myers was unable to shut the Mets down, giving up three runs in only one-third of an inning of work. Those runs allowed the Metsto head into the ninth inning within striking distance of the Phils.  

Ryan Madson came in for the Phillies looking to secure his second save in as many days. With a 9-8 lead, Madson went to work getting the first two batters faced to ground out. Fernando Tatis stepped to the plate and laced a single to right-field which set the stage for David Wright, who homered to left, giving the Mets a 10-9 lead. It was Madson’s sixth blown save of the season and the Phillies 16th as a team.

There is plenty of blame to go around for this loss. With the Braves win over the Cardinals, they have moved within seven games of the Phillies. The Marlins are now 5 1/2 back and could be five back by the end of the evening.

A loss like this can play on a weak teams psyche. Let’s hope the Phillies are strong enough to overcome it. They have a chance at double the redemption tomorrow as they play two against the Mets in a day-night double-header. The festivities start at 1 p.m.

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Jason Bintliff is a Phillies season ticket holder and avid fan for 28 years. He was a former free lance writer and contributor to various baseball blogs. He is also the proud son of the owner of Lena Blackburns Baseball Rubbing Mud.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    They scored 9 runs so the offense looked great so they can build on that. I still have confidence the TEAM puts it all together real soon and brings the momentum into the playoffs for WFC2

  • Posts: 50 Jason Bintliff

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    I like your optimism. I am going to both games tomorrow and would really like to see a sweep of the double-header.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in Tn

    i am jealous of you folks who can go see them in person. I have to settle for my MLB.TV

  • Posts: 0 phils_ftw

    They’ll be lucky to win one game in the double-header tomorrow. Why? They have KYLE KENDRICK pitching the first game *vomits* and then Pedro vs TIM “OWNS THE PHILS” REDDING.

  • Posts: 0 Scott Galupo

    Chan Ho Park gave up a run, too, right? What a shambles…

  • Posts: 0 karen

    wow…..Kendrick was decent in Lehigh Valley. I am definately frustrated by the team myself but the Phillies MAY have their hitting back. If we don’t make the playoffs…..it will suck but what can we do? There have been the same problems all year……

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Jason – i believe myers gave up 2 and chan ho 1…or maybe Chan Ho’s run was inherited….Impressed with how quick you released this…it’s gotta be rough on you guys recounting tough losses…I can’t even watch Sports Center after these 9th inning meltdowns unless i knock back a bottle of prozac Special props to Amanda for having to recap that 4 day re-enactment of Texas Chainsaw Massacre in Houston.

  • Posts: 50 Jason Bintliff

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    Jreed, Chan Ho gave up one of Myers run. Myers was responsible for all three that scored in the eighth. Sorry, I should have clarified that.

  • Posts: 50 Jason Bintliff

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    BTW reed, I had another sory already typed, until Madson blew the save and I hit delete.

  • Posts: 0 George

    Please recheck your stats. This was Madson’s sixth blown save; even worse than you reported.

    It’s easy to see why Charlie Manuel stuck with Lidge for so long. He actually has a better percentage of saves than anyone who has followed him as closer. Madson, I might point out, also gave up a run last night. Myers is shaky still, judging by this game. Maybe it’s time to put this bullpen situation not on the manager but on the pitchers themselves.

    If the Phils make the postseason–and they probably still will–we can only hope that their offense is spectacular and that their starters can throw some complete games.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    The optimism is based on the last 2 years. Each year during the beginning / middle of September, the Phils looked out of it and so many fans lost hope. But both times the Phils came back on great end of season runs. I think they are more talented than last years WFC team.

  • Posts: 50 Jason Bintliff

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    george, thanks.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Karen – i agree….while the front office gets a gold star for Lee/Franciso deal, they failed to sure up the bull pen which I think is now showing signs of fatigue from the abuse they suffered covering for the starting rotation early this season. And the bench could have used some help…franciso gave us a decent right hand bat but we need a utility infielder better at the plate then bruntlett

  • Posts: 0 Radi0

    Think about this: if the Phils lose both games tomorrow and the Marlins win, they will be just 3.5 back. *shiver*

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Jason – that really, really sucks

    Please get rid of the CHOKE Add….it’s pissing off the baseball gods.

  • Posts: 0 jt

    Madson should not be closing he’s more of a disaster then lidge…it’s down to myers or tyler walker.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew R.

    I blame Ryan Madson but also Ryan Howard. Tatis’ single should have never been. In that scenario you play a ‘no doubles’ defense where guys on the corners guard the lines so the tying run does not reach scoring position. If Howard guards the line like he’s supposed to, he knocks that ball down and flips to Madson for the out at first, game over. You’re supposed to be no more than a step-and-a-dive from the line and Howard clearly was not. David Wright was guarding the line like he was supposed to in the bottom half of the inning.

    Not an error on Howard but it certainly makes you upset because a competent 1st baseman makes the play and ends the game.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    This game hurt big time. Madson in 31 chances with the Phillies has blown 19 games. WOW. Why the hell is he throwing a 95 right down the middle to Wright. He did the same against the Pirates. Doesnt have it. 4 run lead in the 8th should be enough.

  • Posts: 0 Gavin

    This season will come down to the last three games vs. the Marlins. Its a shame. This team has had a chance to walk away with things. No new anaysis here. This team is flawed.

    I use the old phrase we used to describe chicks we’d meet. “She looks good from afar, but far from good.” This team looks great to people that dont watch them everyday, but take a closer look and this team has major problems.

  • Posts: 0 jt

    Why kendrick getting the start tomorrow he sucks go with someone like rodrigo lopez or something.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Flordia up 3-0 in the first. I was right. down to 5

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    lopez was cut funny man

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    jreed – i responded to your Lidge post in the game day thread for today.

  • Posts: 0 jt

    Sorry didn’t know.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    I still think Madson should stick to set up and close by committee. At least with MAdson as the setup man we own the 8th and can get through the 9th using all remaining pitchers. Start with Lidge untilhe has to pitch from the stretch. Then all hands on deck.

  • Posts: 0 NateB

    i think myers deserves his chance to close. he is most effective in pressure situations.

  • Posts: 0 mg52

    j reed, I agree. The Phils should have sat down and evaluated the Lidge dilemma before the Trade Deadline. That was the period of time when they could have gotten something done. They were complacent to believe that they could keep going with him without any kind of Plan B. Through some machinations, Amaro could have netted a legitimate closer or at least a competent reliever to complement Madson, Myers or someone else in the ninth.
    I don’t see anything wrong with trying Tyler Walker in the ninth inning for a few times. No one seems to be the solution these days, especially in pressure situations; but he’s been getting people out. If he struggles, then someone else can be warmed up.

  • Posts: 0 Robert Kofsky

    Blame it on the fact that we don’t have a healthy left hander in the Pen………JC!

  • Posts: 0 Robert Kofsky

    Did everyone like seeing Myers and Park…….having to face all of those lefties…….

  • Posts: 0 M54

    This was not a game that a championship team loses.

  • Posts: 0 karen

    At the trade deadline there were questions about the closer situation the phils had. lidge could have been sent down to AAA like Myers did last year to work on his stuff….it could have worked. If anything, it would have given the team time to figure out a plan b. It is now mid september and, although i wish it wasnt true, the phillies look like a team who will miss the playoffs. Honestly, the Phillies could not hold and close a game with a 4 run lead? very sad.

  • Posts: 0 karen

    Another non pitching related thing that annoys me with the phillies is the non use of some on the bench. I realize that they need to continue to score runs and keep the main players in the games as much as possible but why can’t charlie give some of the bench players some playing time? right now, the option is matt stairs and while he hit a grand slam on thursday, is he a reliable bat? What would happen if someone would get injured? The reason that Mayberry went into those July games looking crappy is the lack of any at bats prior to a situation in which he is called on. He is young and has talent…but without some steady at bats, he will not be the player he could be. Same goes for some of the others….Cairo was great in Lehigh Valley and had .300-ish and good fielding/hustle. The same is true of Tracy….he was a leader in the league…granted, he is old-ish but he could help out.

  • Posts: 0 Mike

    I agree this team has real problems right now… real problems

  • Posts: 0 george55

    if the phils don’t average 8-9 runs a game they can forget. Although 9 runs didn’t even do it. nothing can come together for these hapless (no pun intended) phils. They finally score runs and the bullpen collapes. seems every team had figured them out. they throw the predictable pitches and the opposing batters are ready. they will not win the division and will be one of the all time ridiculed and laughed at teams as a world series holder failed miserably down the stretch, especially after the all star break. phils are a one time and don’t have the managerial know how to win. dumb hillbilly Manuel had nothing to do with getting last years WS. he just hung his arms on the dugout fence and watched.
    he’s the first to be fired, then lidge and most of the bullpen. they will lose both games today and the marlins will win the division they deserve to.

  • Posts: 0 karen

    At least I am not the only one feeling that Manual is an iff-y manager. I typically do not blame the coach, but baseball is a coach driven sport in which the manager (manual) makes many of the day to day decisions

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Charlie is aweful. I have been saying since the Indians. He does not know how to use his pen. His bench, and he makes bad baseball choices. First off with a lefty up you bring a lefty pitcher in. Madson is aweful. He has blown 19 of 31 saves. Thats are horrible as a Phillies closer. We should be up by 15 games already with all these blown saves. We get good pitching and no hitting. Then bad pitching and good hitting. I cant take these blown saves anymore. 1 out to go and he throws a dead fast ball hitter a meatball. Are you kidding me. 5 games up.

  • Posts: 0 PhreeholdDave

    One thing about the Phillies in the last couple of seasons. No matter how bad the loss, they just come out and play the next day. This is not the first game they have blown in the 9th inning this year. I don’t know why everyone is getting so negative. I remember in 2007, they lost a game to the Braves when they were up 8-2 after 7 innings. And, they had 2 out in the 9th just like today and couldn’t finish it. Did that cause a collapse? Hardly! They had a lot of bad losses like this in 2007.

    My thoughts are that they should get rid of the idea of having one closer and one set up man. You just go back to the old system where if the starting pitcher or reliever is pitching well, you leave him in the game. I’m not arguing with the concept of a closer, but at this point, Charlie Manuel needs to realize that he doesn’t have one on his roster.

    Today, they could have left Jamie Moyer out there for the eight inning. The Mets had barely scratched him since their first inning start.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Yeah, lopez would have been prefered to kendrick (who i think can become a lower rotation guy someday) but he (lopez) was released….I thought it was lame and short-sighted of the management. Maybe it wasn’t but i’m a little peeved.

    Karen – your right about the bench not only to get them sharper in case some else bad happens but just to give other players rest. Rest is a poorly understood concept of sports training in MLB. This one of the many princples of modern sports science that baseball routinely violates.

    Robert – that was a great point about myers and park vs. the lefties!
    Sometimes you forget how important those guys are

    Ed R. – i counter responded under the game day post. great stuff and thanks

  • Posts: 0 Suse

    So….this is how it feels to watch the BP blow lead after lead after lead after lead.

    The ’07 Mets had the worst BP in the ML and did exactly that.
    The ’08 Mets had no closer the last 6 weeks due to injury.

    You think a collapse like that can’t happen here in Philly? Think again…

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Karen – actually baseball is considered the most player driven of the team sports…Football on the other hand the is most coach driven

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    What a catastrophe this September has turned out to be. If they collapse, I’m not even watching the baseball playoffs. I’ll just watch my World Series DVDs at least three times a week, and then maybe start hanging out a lot with the girl who gave me her number tonight.

    Life will go on. But right now, it sucks to be on tenterhooks.

  • Posts: 0 JeffR

    Jeff Says:
    This game hurt big time. Madson in 31 chances with the Phillies has blown 19 games. WOW. Why the hell is he throwing a 95 right down the middle to Wright.

    It wasn’t a 95 mph fastball-that’s what it should have been. It was a first-pitch 85mph hanging change-up. He always gets hurt more with the change-up than the fastball-he goes to it too much.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Manuel has his faults but also his strengths one of them was guiding the team to a WS title while compartmentalizing his grief over the death of his mother. Anyone think they got the fortitude for that. Nothing like that hollowing out of your soul the death of a love one brings when on a national stage everynight for a month with the entire hope of an angst ridden city waiting 25 years for vindication and a parade riding on your shoulders.

  • Posts: 0 Matt

    Wow. Listen to some of you guys. Fire Manuel? It’s not his fault that our players can’t perform. Sure, there are things he could have handled differently. How do we know that Lidge refused to go down to AAA to work on things? We don’t. And at the deadline, our biggest need was starting pitching. We took care of that, but weren’t able to get a deal done for some bullpen help. Our bullpen has had a lot of injuries, with Eyre, Durbin, Romero, Lidge, Condrey all suffering injuries.

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Madson is not a closer…
    Myers is not ready to be the closer…

    Lidge has to be the guy. They have to work him back into that role; Madson has 6 blown saves to Lidge’s 10 but Lidge has been a successful FT closer

  • Posts: 0 Michael

    at least our offense is back… but the pitching is miserable.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Francona won 2 World Series titles so what does that tell you about the importance of managers in baseball? Its about the players making the managers look good.

    Rodrigo Lopez couldn’t record an out his last few outings and, after coming off surgery, was not worth a roster spot. Nobody else picked him up after he was released. The Phils played well in the past behind Kendrick so I think he gives them a better chance at winning the game.

  • Posts: 0 Me

    3 1/2 back after they get swept today. Here come the Marlins.

  • Posts: 0 Matt Kwasiborski

    Bullpen needs to get straight real fast or we are going down in flames. Madson does not have the mental makeup to be a closer. Never has and he has 6 blown saves this year already. I say, throw Myers in there and be done with it. I would even say, if things go right today, have Lidge save the first, and Myers the last.

    At least the offense has woken up a bit. Our starters will be OK, remember Moyer is 47 years old. The Marlins have been feasting on the Nats and Mets- something we aren’t doing. But one thing that we as Phils fans aren’t used to, is that the Marlins are playing for their baseball life like us trying to catch the Mets the last two seasons. They are playing with urgency now. We don’t have to right now but we should play for homefield advantage!

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    The best closers in baseball do not pitch everynight. The night before Myers threw 6 pitches. Bring him out again in the 9th and save Madson. NOPE

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