Another night another bullpen loss. The Phillies get swept at home by the New York Mets.
Bullpen ignites a 10-6 loss to the Mets
Cliff Lee was back out on the mound tonight for the Phillies for the first time since April 18th. The first time he has pitched since pitching ten scoreless innings and receiving a no decision in San Francisco.
Lee helped his own cause in the bottom of the second inning as he hustled down the first base line to beat the throw from shortstop Justin Turner, Brian Schneider who was catching Lee tonight scored on the play.
Once again the Phillies pushed across the first run of the game, that has not turned into wins for the Phillies so far this season, it didn’t tonight.
The Mets answered right back in the top of the third inning, scoring one run off of a Daniel Murphy double to left field, Lee was able to work out of the jam and not allow anymore runs. Very important to limit the runs because this Phillies offense has an issue of scoring when it gets late into games.
Freddy Galvis hit a little weak ground out to second base to give the Phillies 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. I will take runs anyway I can’t possibly get them at this point. That little ground out to second gave Galvis his ninth RBI on the season.
In the top of the sixth inning I about lost my mind, Shane Victorino dove for a ball and missed it, that allowed Andres Torris to get all the way to third base on the play. Two batters later David Wright blooped a little single to centerfield to tie it up two. The Phillies did the worst thing possible which was going to the bullpen. They had there torches ready and they were ready to ignite a loss.
Cliff Lee was done after six innings of work, Lee was on a pitch count because this is his first start since being taken off of the disabled list. Lee allowed two runs off of five hits in his return to the rotation.
Freddy Galvis saved the day in the bottom of the sixth (at the time), Galvis came within inches off hitting his second home run of the season but the ball banged off of the top of the left field wall, nonetheless the Phillies were able to regain the lead on that play. Laynce Nix pinch hit for Lee in the inning and he blooped a little single to centerfield that scored Freddy Galvis from second base.
At this point in time I was cheering for rain to come pour down on Citizens Bank Park so the Phillies didn’t have to go to the bullpen.
But the rain did not come fast enough and we went off on the bullpen adventure once again.
Kyle Kendrick was the first lovely reliever we had to witness in the top of the seventh inning. Guess what happen? He blew the lead.
Contreras would come in later and blow the game even more.
I really can’t comprehend want I witnessed tonight, why after blowing the game in the seventh inning was Kyle Kendrick pitching in the beginning of the eighth.
The bullpen blows and there is really nothing positive about this team right now.
The Phillies have tomorrow off and then begin a three game series against the San Diego Padres on Friday. We need this day off just to relax for once.
Chase Utley participated in batting practice before today’s game at Citizens Bank Park. Here is what Utley had to say.
Joe Savery was optioned to triple a after the game, move to be made on Friday.
Charlie Manuel had a team meeting after the game.