Mets 5, Phillies 4 (11 Innings)
Game 36 - Sunday Afternoon, May 11th in Flushing
Record - 17-19, Tied for 4th Place, 4 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Cole Hamels pitched one of the gutsier games of his career, but the bullpen couldn't hold a four-run lead and the Mets won in extras, 5-4.
What It Means: This game was hard to watch. As soon as Hamels left the game, after throwing a career high 133 pitches, the Phillies weak bullpen was put on full display for all to see. Again.
What Happened: Hamels allowed a run in his seven innings of work while striking out 10 and he handed the bullpen a 4-1 lead. In line for his 100th career victory, he had to watch from the dugout as Antonio Bastardo blew up in the ninth, allowing three runs on three hits. Long-man Jeff Manship pitched a scoreless 10th but only recorded one out in the 11th (on a sac bunt) before the Mets scored the winning run.
Closer Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable to pitch in this game because he was "sore."
Featured Card: The facial expression Hamels is modeling on this card matches the look on my face when Manship allowed the winning run to score - resigned indignation.