Bullpen issues lead to eight losses in a row.

The Mets’ swept the Phillies in the doubleheader today 2-1 and 6-3 to send the Phillies’ losing streak to eight. A David Wright RBI double in the eight inning of game one and a 5 run inning in game two were the difference makers. In game one, R.A Dickey had a no hitter through six 1/3 innings until Shane Victorino doubled.  It was the furthest a Met pitcher had ever taken a no hit bid. They have never had a no-hitter. Bobby Parnell picked up the win in game 1 while Brad Lidge took the loss. In game 2, the Phillies went bullpen by committee. David Herndon and Kyle Kendrick gave up six runs in the third and fourth innings and the team never recovered. It’s the first time the Phillies have lost eight in a row since 2000.  Roy Halladay looks to break that streak tomorrow at 2:10 pm.

In game 1, Cole Hamels and R.A. Dickey got into a pitcher’s duel. Hamels didn’t allow a run through six innings but Dickey was even better. R.A. didn’t allow a hit until a one out double by Shane Victorino in the seventh inning. The next batter, Ryan Howard singled to center to score Victorino and give the Phillie a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, Hamels made his only mistake of the game in the bottom of the seventh when pinch-hitter Val Pascucci hit a solo home run to tie it at 1.  Brad Lidge gave up a RBI double in the eighth inning  to David Wright to make it 2-1 Mets. The Phillies put two runners on in the ninth inning, but Carlos Ruiz flew out to center to end the game.  Game 2 got off to a bad start for the Phillies. With the bases loaded and no out, Hunter Pence grounded into a 1-2-3 double play. John Mayberry popped out to end the inning.  Ross Gload doubled and Brian Schneider singled to lead off the second inning. WIlson Valdez followed with a RBI single to make it 1-0.  Two batters later, Jimmy Rollins made it 2-0 Phillies on a RBI single.  Gload tacked on another run to make it 3-0 in the top of the third.  In the bottom of the inning, with two on and two out, Willie Harris hit a long fly ball to right fielder Hunter Pence. Pence dropped the ball to add to his misery, leading to a two run error. Three more runs and by the end of the inning, it was 5-3 Mets.  Ruben Tejada would add a RBI single to make it 6-3. The Phillies had several base runners in the closing innings, but couldn’t punch across anymore.


Do you know how many times in this eight game losing streak that the Phillies have put out their playoff lineup? Zero.

Do you think John Bowker, Michael Martinez, Brian Schneider and Ben Francisco will get meaningful at bats in the playoffs? No?  I thought so.

Do you think Michael Schwimer, Kyle Kendrick, David Herndon, Justin DeFratus, and Joe Savery will get meaningful innings in the playoffs? No? I thought so.



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