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Phils, Mets Go 14 Again

The Phillies and New York Mets have played 28 innings the last two nights, and used a total of 26 pitchers. The Phillies came out on top Friday night, but would fall short on Saturday night.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies, seeking win number two on the year. Once again, the Mets jumped ahead early with two runs in the first against Kendrick. They would tack on another run in the fourth, and again in the top of the sixth for a 4-0 lead heading to the seventh inning. Kendrick went six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits.

The Phillies, as they have the last few games, would fight back. Jimmy Rollins led off the inning with a single, followed by a Chase Utley walk. Ryan Howard then came through with another big home run, a three run shot that cut the Mets’ lead to 4-3.  Howard earned his 1000th career run batted in on the homer. The Phils would tie the game in the ninth inning, when Marlon Byrd led off with a ground rule double. The next batter was Dom Brown, and he singled Byrd home to send the game to extra innings. Brown continued his improved hitting, now with five runs batted in the last two games.

The game would go 14 innings for the second straight night. The Phillies’ bullpen was able to hold the fort down well, until of course the 14th inning. Mario Hollands, Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three shutout innings, and just two hits. Jeff Manship came in for the tenth inning and turned in a valiant relief performance. He pitched four innings of shutout ball, striking out six and retiring all 12 batters faced. Unfortunately he would depart with a leg injury and would be placed on the disabled list.

Antonio Bastardo would pitch the 14th inning, and started with a walk to Ruben Tejada. Juan Lagares then sacrificed him to second base. Bastardo then intentionally walked Chris Young to put the double play in order. After getting Daniel Murphy to pop up, David Wright would single to left field to plate Tejada for a 5-4 Mets’ lead.

The game ended that way, as the Phils could not score in the bottom of the inning. The Phils went 2-14 with men in scoring position and left 11 men on base. While they fought hard for another marathon game, they had several missed opportunities that ultimately cost them.

Cole Hamels take the mound this afternoon looking to earn his team a series split with the Mets. He will be opposed by Jonathan Niese for the Mets. First pitch will be a 1:35.

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