Metz once again tortures Phyllis on his way out the door originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
It was just like old times for the Phillies on Sunday. They had three leads, two saves and played poorly on defense.
The ugly trifecta resulted in a heartbreaking 10-9 loss to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
The regular season streak between the two teams is over. The Phillies have lost 14 of the 19 meetings between the two clubs and have failed to win any of the six series.
Sunday’s loss – in an agonizing four hours and 26 minutes, not counting a 46-minute rain delay – was right on the ball. The Phillies got a pair of three-run homers from Alec Bohm and a dramatic, decisive, pinch-hit homer from Jean Segura in the bottom of the eighth inning.
In the end, none of that mattered, and the Phillies fell to the third and final wild-card spot in the NL, a half-game behind San Diego and 1½ games ahead of Milwaukee with 41 to play.
The Phils took a 4-0 lead early in the game, took a three-run lead in the seventh inning and a one-run lead in the top of the ninth.
At times it looked like the Mets were playing the Phillies.
“You throw bad pitches and these big league hitters are going to make you pay for it,” David Robertson said.
Robertson was talking about himself when he gave up a two-run homer to Mark Canhe to blow a one-run lead into the ninth and take the loss, but he just as easily could have been talking about starter Kyle Gibson or reliever Connor Brogdon. Gibson struggled with the team in the middle innings and gave up a 4-0 lead after being let down by the defense (two errors) in the second inning. Brogdon gave up a pair of singles and surrendered a three-run homer to Canhe as the Mets tied the game 7-7 in the seventh.
Segura led off the bottom of the eighth with his go-ahead homer. As he danced around the bases, Robertson told bullpen coach Dave Lundquist that he was good to pitch the ninth. There was some doubt whether he would be available after pitching 36 innings and saving two innings on Saturday night. Robertson needed to go two innings in this game because closer Serantani Dominguez is out with a triceps injury which landed him on the injured list on Sunday.
“Robertson was terrific, but they called and said he could go if we had a lead,” Thomson said.
Phillies shortstop Jeff McNeil opened the ninth with a double to right against Robertson. Canha then laced an up-and-in, 2-2 ball over the wall in left to give the Mets a 9-8 lead. Caneha spotted Segura dancing around the bases and celebrating his homer with an unusual swing of the bat, sending many Mets fans in the crowd of 35,801 into a frenzy and many Phillies fans wondering if they were watching some kind of dark flashback from the 2020 and 2021 seasons. .
“I asked for the ball,” Roberston said. “I am here for the second time. I want to perform for the boys, I didn’t make it today.
“The worst thing is that today I felt better than yesterday in terms of command. I made one bad serve and I had to pay for it with the loss. I didn’t want to leave that ball on him. He had already hit a home run on that pitch earlier in the game. I tried to drive the fastball down and away and I dropped it.”
Robertson signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Phillies before the 2019 season, but ended up playing in just seven games with the club due to an elbow injury that required surgery. He returned to the bullpen with Tampa Bay last year and was acquired by the Phils from the Cubs in a trade deadline deal a couple of weeks ago. The Phillies front office wanted to pair Robertson’s late-game experience with Dominguez’s late-game firepower. Now that Dominguez is out, Robertson’s role becomes even more important.
After giving up a two-run homer to Canhe in the top of the ninth, Robertson rallied and struck out two. Thomson then pulled Robertson in place of Tyler Cyr, who had arrived earlier in the day to replace Dominguez. In his major league debut, Cyr gave up a solo homer to Brandon Nimmo to give the Mets a two-run lead. That turned out to be a big one, as the Phillies rallied in the bottom of the ninth before Mets shortstop Edwin Diaz ended the game by striking out pinch-hitter Darrick Hall with two men on base.
Thomson said he has no regrets about offloading Robertson and bringing in Cyr for Neem.
“Once they get up one point, it’s pretty hard to score (Diaz), even though we did,” Thomson said. “But at that moment, I was worried about Robertson’s health. He’s on the 21st pitch and I wanted to limit him. Cyr came in and the home run turned out to be a big one. But I would do the same thing every time because I’m not going to hurt him.”
At the age of 37, Roberston has been through wars.
This one hurts.
“I had the confidence to go out there and do it, and I just crushed it,” he said. “I wanted it and it stings. Now I have to go home and live with it.”
On the bright side, after three losses in four games — in front of wild crowds of 155,160 — the Phillies finished off the Mets…
“We’ll face them again, hopefully in the playoffs,” Thomson said. “We’ve bounced back from tough losses before, and I expect the same tomorrow. Now we just have to make it up to Cincinnati.”