Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Imagine getting stung by a bee, stubbing your toe, and getting a cramp in the arch of your foot. Now top that off with getting flattened by an 18 wheeler, and you have something akin to what happened to the Phillies tonight.
Another heady, frothy mix of failed scoring opportunities, poor execution, and freakishly bad luck, with a nice bullpen meltdown from Jonathan Papelbon, leading to the Mets 5-2 come from behind victory against the Phillies.
The good news... probably the only good news... is that Roy Halladay looked as sharp as he had all season, for at least the first five innings or so. His fastball velocity was topping out around 93, and his secondary pitches showed a lot of movement. His command was spotty, at least for him, and he appeared to tire in the sixth (imagine), when the Mets managed two runs with two outs on an RBI double by David Wright just barely fair up the third base line to tie the game at 2-2. The Phillies managed two runs off Mets started Jon Niese -- one in the first, one in the second -- but failed to score again despite multiple runners on base with fewer than two outs throughout the game.
Oh, and something called Jordany Valdespin hit a three run, two out home run off Jonathan Papelbon in the top of the ninth inning. That'll happen!