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Phillies Lose Heart Breaker To Mets

There’s a fine line between optimism and delusion, and right now, anyone who feel this Phillies season is not in serious jeopardy after the team dropped another series, losing to the Mets, 6-5, in walk-off fashion is fooling themselves. The loss was another nail in a Phillies coffin that seems closer to being sealed for good by the day. They’re now ten games below .500 and 13 games back of the Nationals. They finished the road trip 1-5.

Jimmy Rollins was just a home run short of the cycle at the plate tonight. (AP)


– During the months of May and June, R.A. Dickey went 9-0 with a 1.31 ERA. He was the best pitcher in baseball, rolling through lineups with ease, and hypnotizing hitters with a capricious knuckle ball. A possibility to start the All Star game, tonight would be Dickey’s last chance to convince NL Manager, Tony La Russa, he should be his man on the mound on Tuesday night.

– The Phillies got a first inning run off Dickey–the first time Dickey allowed a first inning run since September 2, 2011–and they’d continue to tack on from there. They wound up with five runs on 11 hits–Dickey’s career high for hits allowed–and battled the wily veteran over his seven innings. They were far from the reason the team lost tonight.


Cole Hamels’s struggles against the Mets have.  been well-documented. Tonight, he’d once again find himself battling to keep the Mets at bay, allowing four runs while throwing 119 pitches over seven innings. The home run he allowed to David Wright in the fifth inning to give the Mets a 4-3 lead seemed like a dagger. But Hamels would be able to stop the bleeding there, and the bats would answer right back, regaining the lead in the top half of the sixth. It wasn’t a dazzling effort by Hamels, but he did enough to put the team in position win.


– It was peculiar to see Charlie Manuel go with Antonio Bastardo in lieu of a right-hander to start the eighth with Wright and Scott Hairston due up in the inning and the Phillies nursing a precarious 5-4 lead in a game they desperately needed to win. As unconventional as the move seemed, it paid off as Bastardo retired the side in order, effectively bridging the gap between Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon. Victory seemed like a lock.


The Phillies had to win this game. They had just capped a dreadful month of June, and were in dire straits. Winning their first series of the new month would wash the sour taste out of their mouths, and at least give the team a chance to head in the right direction. Papelbon could not blow this save. A loss in the ninth inning, after losing games by the bundle, would be catastrophic to the team’s psyche. There was no room for error. But the $50M closer was not up to the unenviable task.

He allowed a leadoff double and eventually loaded the bases with two outs, but the lead still intact. In a tension-filled at-bat, Papelbon and the Phillies would become the victim of a little misfortune, when Daniel Murphy lined a ball back through the box, off the foot Papelbon and into foul territory for a single to plate the tying run. The play seemed surreal; a microcosm of the Phillies snake-bitten season so far. Everything going wrong all the time with this team. It’s as though cosmic forces are conspiring against the boys in red pinstripes.

– Phillies killer David Wright would seal the Phillies fate when he blooped a single into right to bring home the winning run. It’s the first time the Phillies lost a game when leading going into the ninth this season. They’ve found another new way to lose a game.


– The death march through the N.L. East continues tomorrow as the Phils play the Atlanta Braves in a three-game series to take them into the merciful All Star break. Kyle Kendrick faces Tim Hudson.

– Following the game, Ruben Amaro announced that Ryan Howard was likely to be activated from the DL tomorrow. I’m sure he’s looking forward to getting into some of these soul-crushing games as soon as possible.

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  1. CharlieManuel'sStinkyWhiteAss

    July 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    My farts are gonna smell bad tonight. I wish I was a Met fan.

    • Boy Rick

      July 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Stop eatin those shitty Philthy cheesesteaks.

  2. Ken Bland

    July 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Can’t say I find your headline so captivating, Ryan.

    I might have tried Phils Lose Balls Breaker to Mets. That’s not exactly G rated, but G rated stopped watching this club 2-3-4 weeks ago. All that’s left are Massochists of the World, Unite.

    Anyway, you mentioned a fine line between optimism and delusion.

    Voila, from the MLBTradeRumors personnel.

    “We plan on being contenders in ’13, ’14, ’15 and ’16,” said Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. to reporters (including Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer) when asked about selling at the deadline (Sulia link). “So we’re not blowing this team up. That’s not going to happen, regardless of what happens over the next couple of weeks.”

    • aintyoBoy

      July 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Rube’s plan aint soundin promisin……

    • schmenkman

      July 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      That plan sounds fine.The team will be good next year and it would be insane to blow it up. If they can get some pieces back for players they don’t intend to re-sign, that’s fine.

      • George

        July 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

        I totally agree. There is no sense in completely rebuilding the team. Amaro didn’t say he wasn’t going to make some changes, so anyone who thinks he plans to keep everyone is reading “delusional” into his statement. (He can’t keep everyone, anyway, because many of the current players will be free agents soon.)

        It’s the fringe players, such as Mayberry, Kendrick, Blanton, and most of the bullpen that are the main culprits, and they can and probably will be replaced.

        (They should replace Samuel, too. Unfortunately, though, every 3rd base coach they’ve used the past few seasons hasn’t had a clue, so they’d probably replace him with another idiot.)

  3. Ken Bland

    July 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm


    Geez, I hope that’s not advertising copy geared at selling tickets.

    I guess it’s just the facts, maam, but I cracked up when I got to that portion of the post.

    You never know, but M-I-S-M-A-T-C-H.

    • Ken Bland

      July 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Take 2.

      “Kyle Kendrick faces Tim Hudson.”

      Geez, I hope that’s not advertising copy geared at selling tickets.

      I guess it’s just the facts, maam, but I cracked up when I got to that portion of the post.

      You never know, but M-I-S-M-A-T-C-H.

  4. Ken

    July 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Washington came from behind with 2 in the 9th to beat San Francisco. The news gets worse and worse. Im done.


    July 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    They really stink this year. really stink. Heatache express.

  6. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Theres always tomorrow!

    And Howard will be back soon 🙂

    @ Bart yea its pretty bad.
    Have a pabst blue ribbon and enjoy the team though!

  7. Lefty

    July 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Losing sucks, we’re not used to it around here the last few years, but it really sucks. I hate losing more than I like winning, if that makes any sense at all.

    But as a baseball fan I have to say that was an exciting ball game, a hell of a ball game, full of playoff level intensity. Tonight they actually hit off RA Dickey, something they’ve had trouble doing the past couple years. To me, they looked like they were battling, like the old the Phigtin’s, just came up short.

    I hate the way it ended, but you can’t make me believe that was a bad way to spend an evening, you just can’t. Go Phils.

    • schmenkman

      July 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Well said, Lefty.

      • Bruce

        July 6, 2012 at 12:40 am

        I agreed with Lefty’s comment. Exciting ballgame; many twists and turns; teams exchanging leads back and forth; and the 9th inning loaded with drama. Only the ending gave a sour note to the game. I can’t say that I was totally surprised on how it ended. After all, not only the Phillies have been “snake-bitten’ all season but their bullpen is the Achilles’ heel in contributing to the meltdown of so many games.

        Although it’s only Papelbon’s second blown save, this one really hurts for the team. On the other hand, one must give some credit to Mets’ hitters in the 9th inning in having great at-bats in fighting off Papelbon’s fastballs and sinkers. Of course, Wright, who is having a great season ,simply killed the Phillies tonight with 4 RBIs and came up with the walk-off hit.

        Those Amazin’ Mets now have beaten the Phillies 8 out of 12 games played between them this season. I have to tip my Phillies cap to them. It’s their year.

        Maybe we should give some attention to another team in Pennsy. After all, they are in 1st place. However, Phillies will always be my true love; no matter what. 🙂

        Hey! I’m looking forward to seeing Howard maybe this weekend. I hope management is not rushing him back too soon. No need to as the Phillies will settle on playing the role of spoiler against some contending teams in the coming months and to keep their pride intact.

      • Jeff Dowder

        July 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        It’s his second blown save, but I believe he’s also self destructed in a couple of tie game situations. He could be the only pitcher in baseball who fears Jordany Valdespin as well.

  8. Jeff

    July 5, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Lefty play with your right.

    My buddy joe joe baddaboots is a die hard Boston fan.

    When we singed papsmear he said you can have that piece
    Of sht

  9. Cs

    July 6, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Shane needs to go. I’ll take pierre in center cause if I see another shane pop up I’ll die.

  10. Morris Buttermaker

    July 6, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Tom McCarthy needs to be fired.

    Out of a cannon.

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  12. jeff y

    July 6, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Bad things happen when you walk a guy in the ninth that has a .229 average.

  13. Chuck A.

    July 6, 2012 at 6:46 am

    “Tom McCarthy needs to be fired. Out of a cannon.”

    I damn near spit my coffee out reading that one!

  14. The Dipsy

    July 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

    TMac stinks. Sarge should be embarrassed to share a birthday with him.

    The Dipsy

  15. Annon

    July 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Glad to see Bastardo finally getting back to where he was before. I remember throwing out a first pitch in Lakewood and him being the catcher. That picture still sits on my end table. Great memory of a good ballplayer!

  16. George

    July 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I find it hard to call this game a heart breaker when I expected the outcome after Papelbon gave up that double to start the ninth. When you know disaster is imminent, it’s usually your stomach that acts up.

  17. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I don’t mind a couple of blown saves during the season, as it shows that even the best closets are like us, human. However, I firmly believe last night was the worst one to blow, it was a pivotal game on so many levels: comin back from being down, scoring consistently on an almost impenetrable Dickey, a possible morale and motivational booster, etc. However, it should have been a positive win considering Bastardo pitched a scoreless eighth and we had our multi-personality closer, Cinco-Ocho/Papaelbon on the mound. And then he gives up a lead-off double to some guy hitting in the low twos, had a terrible at-bat against the weak-hitting Valdespin; he made a terrible pitch to Murphy; and Pence, a right fielder with poor defensive this season, lumbered after a ball that many right fielders would have caught, knowing full well a single wins the game. Now we have the Braves and have Kendrick starting tonight. Excuse me while I go vomit. I’m with Lefty, I hate losing, but more than that I hate losing pivotal games, and yes, I know every game is important, but some are more important than others. Man, this team has really gotten to me this year. I could deal with the ineptitude and such of the Dark Ages of the Phillies, but this year has gotten under my skin like a splinter. So here is my last and final Go Phils before the all-star break! Sorry, PN, for the rant.

  18. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

    P.S. the shooting TMac out of a cannon line made my day! F’ing hilarious.

  19. Mike

    July 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    You mention Muphy’s line drive off Papelbon’s foot as just another thing that went wrong for the Phillies. Personally, I feel like that was actually a lucky break. Once it hit his foot there was basically no play, but if that doesn’t hit his foot, it’s up the middle for a walk off 2 run single. That ball was smoked. Obviously the Phils weren’t able to take advantage, but they did catch a break that at least gave them the opportunity to get the game to extras after blowing the lead.

  20. SavannahPhilliesPhan

    July 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    That closing by papelbon reminded me a bit of Brad Lidge…..he always made the last out a freaking nail bitter!!! I hated that 3rd strike for the 3rd out!!!! I think Im getting an ulcer from the agitta.

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