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Brignac Walks Phils Off in 14th

The Phillies finished off the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night, culminating with a three run walk-off home run by Ryan Howard. They began a four game series with the New York Mets on Thursday night, and struck out 15 times as a team. Just another testament to this team’s inconsistency.

A.J. Burnett made the start for the Phils on Friday night, his last start coming Sunday against the Dodgers which resulted in a Josh Beckett no-hitter. Burnett, like his offense, is very streaky. He had a string of quality starts a month ago, yet recently has fallen behind early in games usually getting himself in trouble with walks.

Tonight saw Burnett fall behind early again, this time in the second inning. He walked Curtis Granderson and Bobby Abreu back to back to start the inning. Lucas Duda followed with a double to score Granderson for a 1-0 Mets lead. Catcher and former Phillies’ farmhand Travis d’Arnaud then grounded out to second to bring Abreu in from third for a 2-0 lead. Ruben Tejada followed that up with a single to Dom Brown in left to score Duda from second and the Mets led 3-0.

The Phils got on the board in the bottom of the inning, when Burnett led off with a single. Two batters later Jimmy Rollins drew closer to Mike Schmidt’s hit record with a single to put runners on first and third. Chase Utley then grounded out to bring A.J. home and the score was 3-1. Utley now has 27 runs batted in on the year, and is hitting at a .323 clip.

The Phillies would take the lead the next inning, when Marlon Byrd led off with a walk. Carlos Ruiz then walked to put men on first and second. Brown would bat next, and he clubbed a high fly-ball deep to right field that landed three rows deep for a three run home run. It was Brown’s fourth of the year, and gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Perhaps this home run can spark the slumping Brown, who is hitting just over .200.

Burnett would get into trouble again in the fifth after allowing a lead off single to Juan Lagares. He would walk Daniel Murphy to put two men on. After striking out both David Wright and Granderson, Abreu stepped up and did his old team in. Bobby would double down the line in right, bringing Lagares and Murphy home to give the Mets a 5-4 lead.

The up and down Phillie offense fought back yet again Friday night, when Byrd worked a one out walk. Ruiz followed with a double to put runners on second and third with one out. Brown came through again, this time with an RBI ground-out that tied the game at 5-5. Dom finished the game with four RBIs, a hit and one run scored.

The game would remain tied for the next nine innings, as the Phillies bullpen did not allow a run in relief of Burnett. A.J. finished with seven innings pitched, allowing five runs on five hits and six walks. Even with the walks, he managed to strikeout 11 Mets on the night.

Mike Adams inherited another bases loaded situation in the eighth, this time with two outs. He would face Abreu, and struck him out on three pitches to strand the runners. He performed the same magic act on Wednesday night, coming in with the bases loaded and no outs. He would get three outs in that inning without allowing a runner to score.

Adams, Jake Diekman, Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo, Mario Hollands and Justin De Fratus combined for seven shutout innings, three hits allowed and three walks. They held the tie game into the bottom of the 14th inning.

Byrd began that inning with fly ball to Chris Young in right field. Young seemed to have a beat on it, but could not make the catch. The error allowed Byrd to reach second. Chooch followed that with a line single to center that Byrd would reach third on. The Mets would then walk pinch hitter Cesar Hernandez intentionally to load the bases in hopes of a force out at home.

The next batter was Reid Brignac, who played third on this night. He would single on a fly ball to left center-field. Byrd scored the winning run, and the Phillies walked off for the second time this week. Brignac went 2-5 on the night with two walks and the game winning run batted in. He is hitting .300 in the at-bats he’s had since his call up a few weeks ago. Big hits like this could earn him more starts in place of the injured Cody Asche at third.

The Phillies are now 24-28, four games behind first place Atlanta. The play the Mets again this afternoon at 3:05. Kyle Kendrick gets the start for the Phils against Jacob deGrom for the Mets.

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