Phils Drop The Ball
- Updated: August 29, 2014
The Phillies began a weekend series with the Mets tonight at Citi Field. They came into tonight winners of seven of their last nine games. They also invaded New York on the heels of a three game sweep over the division leading Washington Nationals.
David Buchanan started tonight for the Fightins’, and he pitched six innings of one run ball. Buchanan allowed just four hits and struck out three. He departed with his team down 1-0, but the Phils managed to tie the game in the top of the seventh.
Marlon Byrd led off the inning with a single. Grady Sizemore then reached base on a throwing error by Lucas Duda at first. After Carlos Ruiz was out on a failed bunt attempt, Byrd would score on a single by Cody Asche.
Jake Diekman began the seventh inning, and got one out before walking Matt den Dekker. With two men out, den Dekker stole second, and then Diekman hit Wilmer Flores with a pitch. Diekman then walked pinch hitter Eric Campbell. Diekman was pulled after that, responsible for all runners on base, all of whom reached without a hit.
Justin De Fratus relieved Diekman, and the first batter he faced was Juan Lagares. Lagares hit a fly ball to left field that should have been caught by Sizemore. Grady was unable to make the catch, and both den Dekker and Flores would score.
With the score now 3-1, the Mets worked a double steal to perfection. Lagares took off for second, and Ruiz threw down to second in hopes of ending the inning. Lagares was safe at second, and on the play Campbell was able to steal home. That made it 4-1, and that would be the final score.
Diekman was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on two walks and a hit batter. The Phillies out-hit the Mets 5-4 tonight, but Sizemore’s costly error, and Diekman’s erratic pitching were the differences in the game.
The Phils and Mets tangle again tomorrow at 7:10 pm, with Jerome Williams taking the hill for the Phillies. Veteran Bartolo Colon gets the call for the Mets.
Stats Courtesy of TheScore.com
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