A dubious loss for sure for the Mets, who blew a lead of seven runs or more for just the fifth time in club history.
That wasn’t all. This was their 23rd blown save of the year. It was also the 38th time they’ve blown a lead. This time the culprit was Luis Ayala (below), who had been nearly perfect as a Met before last night.
There’s no update on Ramon Castro (quad). David Wright, who fouled a pitch off his left toes, said he was fine, even though he didn’t look it when Jayson Werth threw him out at second in the 11th.
They said all the right things afterward but it was a quiet, quiet clubhouse:
JERRY MANUEL â€”
On the Phillies’ comeback: “They played good baseball. They caught the baseball. They turned the double play when they had to. We couldn’t add on and they got the hits at the right time. We were like one out away with nobody and and we couldn’t get it done.”
On the Phillies: “They’ve got a good team. They’re a good offensive club. They’ve got power up and down the lineup. They’re a good club.”
On the difficulty of this loss: “We’ve had tough losses all year. The sun will come up tomorrow and we’ll play again. That’s the way baseball is.”
On the bullpen: “People are just going to have to get people out. If you get people out, you stay in the game. You define your role, it’s not that I do. We just have to keep doing that until we find the right formula, and we will.”
On poor hitting late in games: â€œWe have historically not been a team that has added on runs. When we donâ€™t it seems to come back and haunt us. We all have to all be someone at fault in a particular game like this. A lot of times we like to blame one group over the other, but it was a team effort tonight.â€
DAVID WRIGHT â€”
On how difficult the loss was: â€œObviously, this stings, but itâ€™s a loss. Weâ€™ve been very good at recovering and coming back the next day. Thatâ€™s what I expect this team to do.â€
On how difficult it is to close out a game in this park: “Absolutely not. When you’ve got that lineup in this ballpark, you’ve gotta add on a lot of runs and you have to add them on fast.”
PEDRO MARTINEZ â€”
On the team blowing a seven-run lead: â€œIn this stadium, with this team, you never know. Five runs, seven runs, you never know. Iâ€™ve seen it before. Itâ€™s not the first time. This team never gives us, especially here. This bandbox over here is the perfect place for them to play.â€
On the loss: “It’s pretty sad that we lost this game, but we battled, we battled. Both of the teams battled hard to win this game. Today they won. Tomorrow hopefully we’ll return this favor and we’ll be back where we started.”
On blowing a lead: “This is not the first time that you’ve seen this, not just in this field but at any field. Until you get out No. 27, it’s not completed.”
BRIAN SCHNEIDER â€”
On how they’ll bounce back: “There’s not much you can say right now. It’s a tough loss, but we’ll see what we’re made of tomorrow.”
On the tying run (Schneider dropped a short hop at home that would’ve ended the game): “That’s a do or die situation. You can’t try to stay in front of it or block it, you’ve just gotta try and do your best. It was just a tough short hop. I did my best to pick it, I just didn’t get it.”