Madson blows save as Phils fall to Wright, Mets
Wright was definitely swinging early.
The All-Star third baseman drove that pitch into the left-field seats for a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning to rally the
It was another bullpen meltdown for
“It feels good to be successful and it feels good to win a close game,” Wright said.
Wright homered twice and matched a career high with six RBIs. He hit a two-run shot off
Yes, even the
Philadelphia manger Charlie Manuel wants Lidge to prove he can nail down the wins during the stretch run and not have to turn to Madson or Myers in the ninth.
“He’s going to get a chance to close games out again,” Manuel said. “You might see him out there tomorrow. Depends on how I feel.”
Madson (5-5) had retired the first two batters in the ninth before
“It’s not a good feeling, but the next day you come out with the same attitude you had today,” Madson said. “The only time I’ve ever seen anybody be perfect was
Wright’s homer in the eighth, his first shot since Aug. 5, made it 9-7. Myers and Madson gave up all five runs in the last two innings.
Wright needed something to feel good about in the second half of the season. The
“When he gets right, he stays right in there,”
Trailing 9-8, the
It all unraveled – again – for the
He rebounded from a four-run first inning to retire 14 straight in one stretch. Yanked from the rotation last month in favor of
“You can be caught,” Manuel said.
With two outs in the second, Feliz hit a two-run shot that cut New York’s lead to 4-2. His 11th homer was Philadelphia’s 200th of the season in 140 games, the fastest they have reached that long ball milestone.
Pelfrey retired the first two batters in the third only to have Utley and Ibanez each hit their 31st homers. Ibanez pulled the ball into the right-field seats for a two-run shot that put the
It just wasn’t enough. Madson stumbled when it mattered most.
“It’s why closers get paid more than anybody else in the bullpen,” Madson said.