June 2nd 2014 02:41
For the third time in as many days, the Phillies and Mets treated the Phaithful at Citizens Bank Park to some free baseball, playing yet another contest that finished tied after nine and went into extra innings.
And after splitting Friday and Saturday's 14-inning affairs, the Phils dropped the series finale this afternoon 4-3, courtesy of a Lucas Duda 2-run homer off of the recently called up Philippe Aumont that snapped the 2-2 tie in the top of the 11th.
The Fightin' Phils responded in the bottom of the frame, cutting the lead in half when Marlon Byrd launched a solo shot into the left field stands. But Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard followed with ground outs to end the game, and lost their third game of the rare five game set (Monday night's matchup is a makeup from a rainout earlier in the month) from their rivals from New York.
Cole Hamels' seven solid innings of two-run ball (one earned) with eight strikeouts was wasted, which for anyone who has followed the Phils over the past few seasons knows is a relatively common occurrence. Howard blasted his 11th home run of the season, a two-run bomb that was his fourth in his last seven games.
The Phillies now find themselves at 24-30 on the season, and in dead last in the National League East, 6 games behind the division-leading Atlanta Braves, and will head to the Nation's Capitol to take on the Washington Nationals to start a three-game set following tonight's finale with the Mets.