Saturday, June 22, 2013

Game #71: Phillies 8, Mets 7

New York didn't have much time to celebrate their comeback. The quest to keep the game tied ended two pitches after it started.

The Mets mounted a furious six-run comeback but were thwarted in the bottom of the 9th by a Kevin Frandsen walk-off home run as the Phillies evened the series 8-7.

The Bad Stuff:
  • Dillon Gee got taken off the hook for what should have been an L, as he allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits in five innings.
  • Carlos Torres was the man who served up Frandsen's late-game heroics: it was a 1-0 fastball that Kevin sent into the left field stands of Citizens Bank Park.
The Good Stuff:
  • After falling behind 7-1, the Mets did not shrivel up and die for the final three innings, scoring four runs in the top of the 7th and two in the 9th.
  • Before Torres, the New York bullpen did a solid job of keeping things close, as the only run that came in was an unearned tick on Greg Burke's watch. Josh Edgin, Scott Rice, and David Aardsma kept Philly from widening the gap in the 7th and 8th.
Final Analysis:
Folks who look at the final score will see a NYM loss, but fans of the team should be proud that the boys stuck in there. When a struggling team falls behind they tend to throw in the towel, but for today at least, the Mets had a little fight in them, losing in a fashion similar to the end of Rocky.


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