The Phillies squandered a three-run lead in the seventh inning because of ineffective relief and egregious mistakes in a 7-4 loss to the Mets. The 14-17 Phils have lost four of their last five games.
Beerleaguer: Everyone watching knew that if Joe Blanton didn't close out the seventh, all the inherited runners were going to score, and that's precisely what happened. The Phils can't trust anyone to string together outs in the middle innings right now: not Chad Qualls; not Antonio Bastardo. Who can you trust? Toss in Pete Orr and the rundown quagmire and a comfortable lead turned into another swift beating at the hands of a marginal opponent.
Afterward, Charlie Manuel said they're playing "tight." That might be true, but everyone knows that's not the real problem. The roster is rife with inefficiencies and players like Orr who don't belong in the Majors. That's the problem. The Phils have also received a decent study on Michael Schwimer these last few weeks. "Not fit for the Show" should be the report. The Phils will make a roster move to accomodate Cliff Lee's return. There are plenty of candidates. But again ... What are the alternatives?
The Phils can usually count on better defense. Otherwise, Tuesday's loss followed the 2012 blueprint.