Before we place blame on everyone under the sun, the Phils didn’t deserve to be tied in the first place.
The Phillies were down 2-0 with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth. Billy Wagner was ready to put away his former team, but in true trademark Phillie fashion, Jayson Werth buried a ball deep into the left-center field seats to tie the game. It was awesome, eye-opening, shocking stuff, but it meant not much. The Mets won anyway, as Fernando Tatis (of all people) homered to win it in the twelfth. The final: 4-2.
That the homer was off Chad Durbin isn’t the matter. The Mets deserved to win this one. The Phils’ offense was truly sickening â€” they “scattered” four hits off a wild Oliver Perez. They couldn’t score off him early and it doomed them. The Mets bullpen â€” before and after a rain delay â€” held the Phils easily. The Phils should’ve knocked the cover off the ball, but usual things happened (Howard struck out on bad pitches; Ruiz grounded out weakly; Feliz made a bad out).
Kyle Kendrick found a way to escape problems all game, going six innings and giving up just one run. But the offense couldn’t find a way to score despite the opportunities. They left a horrible 30 men on base. Not good at all. Sure everyone got a hit, but barely anybody got a hit at the right time.
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