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The Phillies really pulled off a once-in-a-generation collapse on Thursday


Phillies right hander James Norwood entered Thursday’s game in the ninth inning with a six-run lead. He’s shown promising stuff so far, but he allowed three runs in his last outing against New York on May 1.

Phillies killer Brandon Nimmo tied the game on a two-run single on Thursday. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire)

Green Day’s “Brain Stew” ominously played in the background as Norwood warmed up. What was about to transpire was something that hadn’t happened since the 1995 album “Insomniac” was released.

The Mets would send 11 men to the plate and score seven runs on eight hits. Doubt creeped into every traumatized Phillies fans’ mind when Francisco Lindor hit a two-run home run with no outs. Brandon Nimmo, who has reach based safely in 28 of 31 games started against the Phillies in the last three years, tied the game on a single. Starling Marte delivered the dagger with a double to bring him in and take the lead.

Most of these runs were scored against closer Corey Knebel, who MLB.com hilariously declared as the Phillies’ early-season MVP earlier that day.

Just like that, a six-run Phillies lead disappeared. What should have been a momentum-building win against a hated rival turned into a nightmare that not even the most cynical follower of this team can dream up. This was a million times worse than getting no-hit by the Mets, which somehow happened only six days ago.

May 10, 1994 marked the last time the Phillies surrendered a six-run or more lead in the ninth inning and lost. Shawn Boskie, Doug Jones, Heathcliff Sloucomb and David West teamed up to blow an 8-1 lead against the Atlanta Braves at Fulton County Stadium. The game ended in the bottom of the 15th when reliever Mike Stanton hit a game-winning single that drove in Deion Sanders. Yes, Deion Sanders. Somehow, this loss was much worse than the one the Phillies experienced on Thursday.

Six players on the active roster weren’t born yet the last time this happened to the Phillies. Joe Girardi went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly as a member of the Rockies in a victory over the Giants. The full name of the starting right fielder for Colorado that day was Michael Scott Kingery.

A collapse this bad has only happened four other times in the illustrious 139-year-history of the Philadelphia Phillies.

For Phillies fans, the number 330 will carry even more meaning than it already has. The New York Mets were 0-330 since 1997 while trailing by at least six runs in the ninth inning, per ESPN. No longer will 330 only signify the amount of millions the Phillies are paying Bryce Harper until the year 2032.

The good news is that the Phillies have Max Scherzer waiting for them on Friday or Saturday. Steady rain is expected in the Philadelphia area over the next two days. Who knows if this is a good or bad thing for the Phillies. Maybe they’ll need a day or two to really process what happened. The bad news is that two days is not nearly enough time for anyone in the organization to get to the bottom of why this team is perpetually cursed.

According to the Phillies broadcast, MLB teams were 0-684 when trailing by six runs or more in the ninth inning over the last three seasons before Thursday. The Phillies bullpen of recent years are the van Gough of late-game collapses and Thursday was Starry Night.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Berksbaseball

    May 6, 2022 at 8:51 am

    So if the Mets hit Norwood hard in his last outing, why pitch him again against them. Another Girardi failure to add to the list

    • Marlene DiGiacomo

      May 7, 2022 at 2:19 pm

      We call the Phillies relievers the “bomb squad,” because whenever they appear, they get bombed. I think there were 34 lost saves last year that tied the record.
      But even with those 34, nothing prepared us for what happened Friday night. They, obviously, have no idea how to pitch the opposition. Whoever, does their analytics is wrong most of the time.
      Friday night was a disgrace to the players who got them them the seven runs.
      It was a disgrace to Nola, who pitched his heart out, and figured they finally got him some runs.
      And it is a disgrace to the fans, who have to sit and watch, each collapse.
      And that “bomb square” has no pride in themselves and their performance proved it.

  2. William

    May 6, 2022 at 10:33 am

    There not accountability, Girard needed to be FIRED ! Can it get any worst with another guy at the helm.

  3. Fred

    May 6, 2022 at 10:46 am

    This team hasn’t been any fun to watch.
    Last night was fun to watch……..until the 9th inning and then it became a horror movie.
    I can’t waste any more of my life watching this anymore, at least for a while. Gotta’ take some time off and do something else.

    • Greg Freed

      May 6, 2022 at 12:36 pm

      I agree with you Fred. I love the Phillies, but even I must take some time off and process that loss a loss that shouldn’t have happened.

  4. Steve

    May 6, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Agree with all. Will ignore my mlb subscription for a while. Girardi keeps making one dumb move after another.

  5. Larry Jones

    May 6, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Did not impIrove the bullpen or mgr. What do you expect from Phillies. I live in FL and watch every night and it is same thing over and over.

  6. geekster

    May 6, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    They should rename this team the Philadelphia Phools because we were fools to believe this was an actual baseball team. That disaster last night may have broken my back into following another team. I no longer live in the Philly area so why should I subject myself to the crap that was displayed on the field?

  7. Len Rosen

    May 6, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    The Phillies may have purchased the most expensive basement in MLB history.

  8. Max

    May 6, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    It seems no matter what the
    phillies do, there is one constant. They fail miserably on a regular basis year after year. How many managers can they fire? Looking at the past, there seems to be a
    lot of those axed managers that are and were very successful! What does that say? I think whoever codes the Phillies algorithms should be fired and guy that hired him should be fired too. For whatever the reason analytics don’t work for the Phillies. On paper the Phillies have an explosive line-up, BUT where is the consistency.. A no-no to the Mets is more than ridiculous. Something is horribly wrong and it starts at the top!

  9. Austin Kramlich

    May 7, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Looks like the rain came just in time. Hopefully, they reschedule at a later date when “maybe” the mets have cooled off somewhat and the Phils get their act together.

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