The New York Mets (16-19) lost their second straight game to the Philadelphia Phillies (17-18) by a score of 5-4 Saturday night at Citi Field. The loss was yet another late-inning failure by the Mets bullpen, as the team lost their fifth straight, while falling to 1-8 in the month of May.
After a roughly half-hour rain delay, the Mets stumbled right out of the gate, falling behind 2-0 before their first turn at-bat on a sacrifice fly by Chase Utley and a Dominic Brown RBI single. David Wright answered in the bottom half of the frame, belting a two-run homer, his second of the season and first since Opening Day.
The Phillies would score next in this back-and-forth affair, as Jimmy Rollins hit his third homer of the season, a solo shot, to put Philly up 3-2. That would be the last run they'd get off Mets starter Dillon Gee, who allowed three runs on six hits in six innings, while walking and striking out one a piece. Gee left the game after just 81 pitches. a questionable decision by Terry Collins to take out his best starter as of late.
Again the Mets would answer in the bottom of the inning as Wright first doubled home Juan Lagares and later Eric Campbell, in his first MLB game after being recalled from AAA Las Vegas earlier in the day, drove home Daniel Murphy with a sacrifice fly. All four Met runs were charged to Phils starter Kyle Kendrick who allowed four hits and two walks in 5.1 innings and was relieved with one-out in the sixth by Jake Diekman, who surrendered the sac fly to Campbell, but did not allow any further damage over the next 1.2 innings.
As often has been the case this season, no Met lead has felt safe with the struggles of the bullpen and Saturday was no exception. After Rollins singled to lead off the seventh off Scott Rice (BS, 2), he advanced to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a RBI single by Utley to tie the game at four. After the Mets squandered an excellent chance to score in the eighth, with runners on second and third with one out against Philadelphia's Mike Adams. With the rookie Campbell at the plate, Adams (W, 2-1) threw a pitchout for ball one, seemingly priming Campbell or an intentional pass to set up the force at any base. However, Adams then went right after Campbell, eventually striking him out looking before grounding out pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu to end the threat.
The Phils struck again in the ninth, as Kyle Farnsworth (L, 0-3) walked Rollins with two outs, then surrendered back-to-back singles to Utley and Ryan Howard, to put them back up by one heading into the Mets final at-bat. After closer Jonathan Papelbon (SV, 11) recorded the first two outs, Murphy singled and stole second with Wright at the dish to set up the tying run, but the Met captain popped up the next pitch into foul territory as John Mayberry snagged the final out of the ballgame.
- After dropping the first two games of the series, the Mets are now just 8-10 at Citi Field this season. The Phillies have improved to 11-9 on the road and are 2-1 against their NL East Rivals.
- Despite coming up empty in the ninth, David Wright led the Mets with a 3-for-5 night, driving in three of the Mets four runs. Wright continues to lead the ballclub with 21 RBI on the season.
- Jimmy Rollins leads all active Phillies with 115 career RBI against the Mets with Ryan Howard close behind with 108.
What's on Deck
- The Mets and Phillies wrap up their three-game series Sunday with a 1:10 game scheduled at Citi Field. Jonathon Niese (2-2, 1.82) will face Cole Hamels (0-2, 7.02) as the Mets look to get back to winning with the first chapter of the 2014 Subway Series set to begin on Monday.