New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies Live Blog: Instant Reaction and Analysis
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Despite a third consecutive blown save for closer Jonathan Papelbon, the Philadelphia Phillies managed to defeat the New York Mets on Saturday afternoon 8-7 on a pinch hit walk-off home run by Kevin Frandsen.
Early on, it was the Ryan Howard and Jonathan Pettibone show for the Phillies.
Howard’s day started off with a two-run RBI single in the first inning after back-to-back singles by Chase Utley and Michael Young.
However, Howard was just getting started. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Howard lined a solo homer to left field to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead after Jordany Valdespin cut the two-run deficit in half. It was Howard’s ninth home run of the year.
Then, Howard hit his second homer of the day off of Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee in the next inning. It was Howard’s seventh career home run against Gee in 15 at-bats against the Mets righty.
Michael Young also hit a homer for the Phils, while Ben Revere had an RBI single and scored when Mets catcher John Buck overthrew third baseman David Wright when Revere was attempting to steal third.
Pettibone was impressive through six innings of work, only giving up five hits and one run.
However, the game started to turn in the seventh inning, where the Mets managed to get four runs back on Phillies relievers Michael Stutes and Justin De Fratus. After Jake Diekman and Antonio Bastardo kept the game at 7-5 into the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon could not keep it that way.
After Valdespin homered to right, David Wright scored on a David Murphy single to center that was mishandled by Revere.
However, leading off the bottom of the ninth, Frandsen crushed a Carlos Torres pitch to left to end the game and send the sellout crowd home happy.
Jonathan Papelbon earned the win for Philadelphia, while Torres was credited with the loss for the Mets.
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It was quite a fight for the Mets, but it was all for naught. The Phillies end up winning this one on a pinch hit walk-off home run by Kevin Frandsen.
Final: Phillies 8, Mets 7
Frandsen bails out the Phillies and Papelbon. He ends the game on a deep shot to left field!
Kevin Frandsen will pinch hit to lead off the bottom of the ninth for the Phils.
Papelbon hears boos while he walks to the dugout after Buck grounds out to third.
Murphy placed a perfectly hit ball because Rollins was covering second base when Wright was attempting to steal second.
Phillies 7, Mets 7
What a catastrophe. Murphy hits a single into left center. Revere can't hold onto the ball and Wright comes all the way around from first to tie the game. It's the third consecutive blown save for Papelbon.
Two down. Byrd flies out to right and the Mets are down to their final out.
Wright gets aboard after Michael Young is credited with another error after he can't handle a hard hit ball down the line.
Now that out on Young is even larger.
Phillies 7, Mets 6
Valdespin crushes one to right and cuts the Phillies lead to one.
Key out there for Papelbon with Young's speed potentially giving the Phillies some problems.
One down. Rollins fields the grounder and just gets Young in time at first.
The Phillies can't get anything in the bottom of the eighth and we head to the ninth. Enter, Jonathan Papelbon.
With Brown on second after a double, the Phillies need to give Papelbon some more support for the ninth. He will be under tons of pressure after blowing his last two save opportunities.
A little anti-climactic there as Howard grounds out to second.
Ryan Howard, who has two homers and four RBI today, comes to bat.
Scoreboard watch: the Brewers lead the Braves, 2-0, in the top of the ninth in Milwaukee.
After giving up an unlucky base hit against Quintanilla, in which the ball hit the first base bag, Bastardo gets pinch hitter Andrew Brown to fly out to right field. The side is retired, and we head to the bottom of the eighth. Nice work there by Bastardo.
When Bastardo is on his game, there's not many that can touch him. When he's not, well, let's just not talk about that...
Bastardo with a great start to the inning, after striking out Buck and Lagares.
Antonio Bastardo comes in to take over for the Phillies in the top of the eighth. Mike Adams was placed on the DL today with a biceps injury.
The double-play artist strikes again. Young grounds into a double play after Rollins singled to left to get on base. End of seven, Phillies 7, Mets 5.
Chase Utley does not have the same swing since coming off the DL. He's just clearly not the same hitter.
The Phillies need to get at least a couple of those runs back.
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