The Phillies staged a late rally, but it wasn’t enough as they lost, 5-4, to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.
The Phils trailed, 5-1, entering the bottom of the ninth inning. They rallied for three runs, two on a double by Grady Sizemore. The Phils had the tying run on third when Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia struck out pinch-hitter Reid Brignac looking to end the game.
The Phillies are just 4-9 against the Mets this season, including 1-6 at home.
Starting pitching report
A.J. Burnett’s ERA in five starts since the All-Star break rose to 6.66 as he was tagged for 11 hits and five runs in six innings.
Two of Burnett’s last three starts have been losses to the Mets. In those two starts, he has pitched 11 innings and given up 19 hits and 12 earned runs.
Burnett is 6-12 with a 4.29 ERA in 25 starts.
Bartolo Colon (11-9) pitched eight innings of one-run ball to beat the Phillies for the second time in his last three starts. He scattered six hits, walked none and struck out six. He allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings against the Phillies on July 28.
The victory was the 200th of Colon's career.
Mets lefty Dana Eveland failed to retire either batter he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning and both scored as the Phils’ started a rally that came up short.
At the plate
Marlon Byrd hit his team-high 22nd home run. He and Ryan Howard both took Colon to the centerfield wall in the fourth inning. Both balls were caught.
Chase Utley singled twice and doubled. Byrd also had three hits.
The Mets had six hits in the fourth inning en route to scoring four times against Burnett. Travis d’Arnaud homered in the fifth.
The Mets were 5 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Roy Halladay kicked off Alumni Weekend by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. The team paid tribute to him before the game (see story).
Charlie Manuel will be honored with a spot of the team’s Wall of Fame before Saturday night’s game. Cole Hamels (6-6, 2.42) will start the game against Mets’ right-hander Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.73). Manuel managed five NL East championship Phillies teams and the 2008 World Series championship team. Hamels was MVP of that World Series.
The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club.
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story).
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to mlbtraderumors.com, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million.
The Phillies' roster is full at 40.
Cody Asche's time with the Phillies has come to an end.
The Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Asche was designated for assignment. The Phillies had until 8 p.m. on Friday to tender a contract to the outfielder, but they instead chose to free up the roster spot for Rollins.
Asche played four seasons with the Phillies from 2013-16 after he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011. The St. Charles, Mo. native had a .213/.284/.350 batting line this past season over 71 games. His best season with the Phillies came as their starting third baseman in 2014, hitting 10 home runs and driving home 46 runs in 121 games.
Rollins has been on four different rosters this offseason. He pitched 31 games in relief for the Seattle Mariners over the last two seasons, sporting a 7.60 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs 15 days after the World Series and then subsequently claimed again by the Rangers.
Rollins was a 24th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 MLB Draft and was traded a year later to the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2015 season, the Mariners picked Rollins in the Rule 5 draft after the Astros chose not to protect him.