Phillies Squander Three Leads, Lose in Extras
A continuous tale of disappointment for the 2016 Philadelphia Phillies, and a microcosm of the past three years.
Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: “Wow, that was such a Philly thing to happen.”
*raises hand* Me!
It’s a metaphor to describe the disappointment, despite high expectations, that fans of Philadelphia sports teams usually endure. Those expectations can be set over a period of months and years, or even over the course of a single game.
The latter occurred on Thursday night vs. the New York Mets at Citi Field.
The Mets won the game in the bottom of the 11th inning on a walk-off home run by Asdrubal Cabrera—which would seem perfectly normal had you not watched the entire game from start to finish.
The Phillies squandered not one, not two, but three leads throughout the course of the game.
In what manager Pete Mackanin described as “the toughest loss of the season,” the Phillies gave up 9 runs on 11 hits to the team that has, at least for the past decade, served as enemy #1 of Phillies fans.
But let’s not dwell on the past. This game was downright heartbreaking.
In the seventh inning, as the Phillies were ahead 3–2, Mets power hitter Yoenis Cespedes hit an RBI double to give the Mets a 4–3 lead. The very next inning, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco belted a three-run home run to center field to give the Phillies a 6–4 lead heading into the ninth.
Jeanmar Gomez, who shined in a role he assumed almost by accident at the beginning of the season, continued his weeks-long struggle when he blew the save by giving up a two-run home run to Jose Reyes, tying the game at 6. Time for extras, baby.
In the top of the 11th inning, A.J. Ellis hit an RBI single and Maikel Franco drew a bases-loaded walk, giving the Phillies a 6–4 lead heading into the bottom of the 11th inning.
A second chance!
Cabrera’s three-run home run, as mentioned earlier, was all it took for the Mets to come away with a win. As it turns out, it was the Phillies’ third blown lead that ended up losing them the game. Not bad, right?! I kid, I kid.
Watch for yourself, via MLB Network’s official game recap:
The win was crucial for the Mets, who are locked in a battle with the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals for one of two Wild Card playoff spots.
Mets fans will be on the edge of their seats over the final week and a half of the 2016 season as they anxiously cheer on their team in hopes of securing a playoff spot.
We Phillies fans? We’ll be sitting back, comfortably, anxiously awaiting the 2017 season.
Kind of like this: