Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Mets 7

Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Mets 7
June 22, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Kevin Frandsen hit his first-career walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Phillies beat the Mets, 8-7, at Citizens Bank Park. It was his third homer of the year.

A combination of bad bullpen pitching and poor fielding nearly conspired to sink the Phillies. The Phillies were up six runs going into the seventh inning, but the lead crumbled as the game funneled toward its conclusion.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Jonathan Papelbon gave up a solo home run to Jordany Valdespin. David Wright then reached first on an error by Michael Young. Wright eventually scored to tie the game.

Starting pitching report
Jonathan Pettibone went six innings but left the game with lower back tightness on the right side. He scattered five hits and surrendered just one earned run. Pettibone –- who had one walk and one strikeout -- dropped his ERA to 4.14.

Mets starter Dillon Gee struggled from the beginning. Gee lasted five innings, allowing eight hits, five earned runs and three homers while striking out four and issuing no walks. Gee threw 67 pitches, 48 for strikes.

Bullpen report
It was another rough outing for the Phillies' bullpen, which entered the game with a 4.55 ERA and a .271 opponents batting average (both stats were next-to-last in the Majors).

Michael Stutes -- who served up a grand slam in an 11-inning loss to the Nationals earlier this week -- came on in the seventh inning. He immediately gave up a run, loaded the bases and didn’t record an out before he was yanked for Justin De Fratus. (Stutes’s line: 0 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB.)

De Fratus allowed a two-run double to the first batter he faced, Eric Young. De Fratus faced four batters (0.2 IP, 1 H, O ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) in the seventh before he was pulled for Jake Diekman, who finally recorded the last out of the inning.

Following the Mets’ four-run, seventh-inning outburst, Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Papelbon blew his third save of the season and gave up a solo home run in the ninth inning. He picked up the win, his third of the year.

At the plate
Ryan Howard drove in four of the Phillies’ eight runs. Howard had an opposite field solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. He hit another homer in the fifth inning. After a slow start, Howard has mashed three home runs this week. He has 10 for the season. It was Howard’s first multi-home run game since August 30, 2011.

Chase Utley -- who returned from a stint on the DL on Friday -- got his first hit since rejoining the club. Utley -- who went 0 for 5 with a strikeout on Friday -- was 1 for 4 and scored a run.

Ben Revere, who had two singles, extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He also had three stolen bases (tying a career high), his 18th, 19th and 20th of the season.

Michael Young went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, including a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

In the field
Michael Young booted a ball in the ninth inning that allowed Wright to reach first base. Wright scored when Revere bobbled a single by Daniel Murphy, and the Mets tied the game.

Prior to Saturday’s game, the Phillies placed relief pitcher Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list (bicep tendinitis). Adams was replaced by J.C. Ramirez, who was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. To make room for Ramirez, utility man Michael Martinez was designated for assignment.

Up next
The Phillies finish their three-game set against the Mets on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. John Lannan (0-1, 5.49) will face Mets right-hander Matt Harvey (6-1, 2.16). First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 pm.

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