Entering the ninth with a 4-1 lead, the Phillies would seem destined to leave Citi Field with a win and the sweep. Then, the bullpen did its thing, allowing the Mets to tie the game before eventually collecting the loss, as the Mets completed their comeback with a 5-4 win in eleven innings.
From there, starter Cole Hamels would settle in, tossing seven innings on the afternoon, allowing one run and striking out 10.
The Phillies would score two in the fourth to take their first lead of the game and would seemingly put things on cruise control from there, tacking on an insurance run in the ninth on a Chase Utley triple.
Just three more outs. It would seem so simple when you're bullpen is equipped with a high-priced closer.
That closer, Jonathan Papelbon, was unavailable, however, and instead Ryne Sandberg would turn to Antonio Bastardo.
Bastardo would allow a double to lead off the inning, and Daniel Murphy would hit a two-run home run to follow that. After allowing a double to Chris Young, Bastardo would get the hook, having recorded just one out.
From there, Sandberg would make an extremely questionable decision, choosing to send in Roberto Hernandez, who had thrown 99 pitches in Friday's win.
Hernandez would allow the inherited runner to score, tying the game and forcing extra innings, where the Mets would eventually win 5-4 to avoid being swept at home.
The Phillies will now have Monday off before opening a series at home against the Los Angeles Angels. Cliff Lee will make the start, as he looks to recover from a poor outing in his last start.
By: Kyle Babcock
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