The Phillies lost the rubber game of a three-game set to the Mets, 4-3, in 12 innings. There were plenty of dramatics in the game, but it all came down to a close play at the plate. Whether Jose Reyes was safe or not isn’t a big deal â€” the Phils should’ve won this one earlier.
Eric Bruntlett’s incapability to put down a bunt cost the Phillies in the 11th inning. (Why Cole Hamels even had to come up to pinch hit is ridiculous â€” another failure of Charlie Manuel’s managing tendencies). Tom Gordon gave up the futile fourth run, but it wasn’t completely his fault.
Bottom line â€” the Phils left 27 men on base; Bruntlett left two on. So far, at least 1.5 games can be attributed to his wrongdoing. It’s not acceptable for the Phils to play this poorly offensively. Gordon got the loss â€” maybe undeserved â€” while Adam Eaton pitched a solid six innings, giving up three runs. Clearly, Eaton is the least of the team’s problems. We need Jimmy Rollins back, and now.