Entering tonight’s game at Citi Field the Philadelphia Phillies had never blown a 10 run lead in their one-hundred and thirty-three year history, and the New York Mets had never overcome a deficit of 10 runs (in their fifty-four year history). The Phillies, going nowhere last year, this year, and for who knows how many years to come, were hoping to be spoilers as the Mets clung to their wild card chance for the playoffs. But after the Phils built a 10-0 lead in the 5th inning, the two teams did their best to arrange a monumental Phils’ collapse and Mets comeback.
Aided by four unearned runs attributed to errors by Galvis & Franco, and 5 whiffs by Roman Quinn (who stranded 8 batters all by himself) the Mets battled back to 10-8 in the bottom of the 9th inning with the winning run at the plate and only one out. Pitching coach Bob McClure trotted out to chat with Michael Mariot, deciding that it would be his game to save or lose with ex-closer Jeanmar Gomez warming up in the bullpen (presumably ready as a warm body if the game went into extra innings).
SNY TV announcer Gary Cohen mused aloud: “I wonder what Phillies fans watching this game are thinking?” To which sidekick Keith Hernandez quipped: “They’re waiting for the Eagles game.”
Mariot induced Travis d’Arnaud to bounce back to the mound, and his flip to Tommy Joseph spared these Phillies the ignominy of the worst single game collapse in their history. E-A-G-L-E-S … Eagles!