Morning Phil Up – 5/10/2014 – Marlon Byrd’s 11th inning double snaps Philadelphia Phillies losing streak
By Mike Lacy
May 9, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd (3) celebrates his RBI double with first base coach Juan Samuel (8) against the New York Mets during the eleventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Phillies defeat Mets 3-2
The Phillies wasted plenty of baserunners, and their bullpen couldn’t hold another late lead. But thanks to an RBI double by Marlon Byrd in the 11th inning, the Phillies ended a four-game losing streak.
Emotional reaction immediately after the game
Is it finally over?
Less emotional reaction after thinking about it a bit
They got a lot of runners on base. That’s usually a good sign that the offense will soon start clicking again.
Byrd drove in the winning run after having a tough night up to that point. And Jonathan Papelbon then made sure the game wouldn’t go any further with a quick ninth inning.
He had an RBI in the first inning, but after that, Curtis Granderson had plenty of chances with runners on base and came up small.
Philadelphia Phillies (16-18) at New York Mets (16-18)
Kyle Kendrick. Image Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Game time: 7:10 PM
Starting pitchers: Kyle Kendrick (0-3) vs. Dillon Gee (3-1)
The Phillies will look to make it two in a row over their divisional rivals, and they’ll send Kyle Kendrick to the mound. Kendrick has pitched better than his 0-3 record would indicate, as he hasn’t received much support from his offense of bullpen. He’s had success at Citi Field, going 4-2 with a 2.89 ERA in eight appearances there.
Dillon Gee will get the ball for the Mets. Gee is having a strong 2014 season thus far, and in his last start he pitched six shutout innings in Colorado. Gee had some trouble against the Phillies in 2013, recording a 9.00 ERA in four starts against them.
Link of Interest
CSNPhilly.com – Sandberg holds team meeting before Mets series
Unhappy not only with the results of the Blue Jays series, but also how the team played, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg held a team meeting before the Phillies started their series with the Mets. He didn’t go on a rampage, but made sure to get his points across. Will it help spark a turnaround?
Tweet of Importance
That might be the most impressive part of Papelbon’s resurgence. These haven’t been easy saves.