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Things were looking up for the Philadelphia Phillies. The group took a 7-1 lead into the leading of the ninth versus their NL East competitors, the New York Mets, with the opportunity to end a three-game losing streak. 

But relief pitchers James Norwood and Corey Knebel continued to provide up 7 runs in the inning, the Phillies couldn’t rally in the bottom of the inning and lost 8-7 on Thursday night. 

“One of them, yeah,” supervisor Joe Girardi told pressreporters when asked if it was the hardest loss of his supervisory profession. “I’ve had some playoff losses that were quite hard. But it’s mostlikely the hardest one because I’ve been here.”

It ruined an exceptional trip from Phillies starter Aaron Nola (seven innings, 3 strikes and one run permitted, 7 strikeouts) and an outburst from Philadelphia’s talented however havingahardtime lineup, which consistedof homers from Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos. 

For an 11-15 Phillies group that has underachieved after the offseason additions of Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber, Thursday’s videogame versus the Mets would haveactually been a substantial win. Instead, it was a ravaging loss. 

MLB @MLB

Down 7-1 ➡️ Up 8-7

A just Amazin’ 9th for the @Mets.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

The Mets rating 7 runs in the leading of the 9th to come back and beat the Phillies.

Prior to tonight, the Mets had lost their last 330 videogames over the last 25 seasons when tracking by 6 or more runs gettingin the last frame. pic.twitter.com/mwSImIrfjb

Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

This was the 5th time in #Phillies history they lost when leading by 6 or more runs in the ninth inning, according to @EliasSports. It was the veryfirst time because May 10, 1994, in Atlanta.

“It draws, male,” Castellanos told pressreporters. “There’s no method around it. Baseball often, draws. Tonight drawn.”

The concern for Philadelphia will be how it bounces back. 

“You trust the people in the space to get it done. You trust them,” Girardi told pressreporters. “There’s a lot of battle in that space. They’ll come out combating.”

Coming into the season, the bats and beginning pitching were thoughtabout strengths for the Phillies, while the bullpen and defense were significant concern marks. Twenty-six videogames lateron, little hasactually altered.

Corey Seidman @CSeidmanNBCS

(All other groups a integrated 36-5 in such videogames this season)

As for the Mets, something unique is developing in the Big Apple. The group is now 19-9 and currently discovers itself 5 videogames clear of the second-place Miami Marlins (12-12) in the NL East. After years of underachieving—the Mets last reached the postseason in 2016—the group lastly appears to be a competitor. 

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

The Mets currently have had a lot of great wins this season. That was the finest.

Todd Frazier @FlavaFraz21

This @Mets group is various youngboys and ladies

Ben Verlander @BenVerlander

I TRIED TO TELL YALL THE @Mets WILL BE GOOD THIS YEAR!!

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So Thursday’s videogame really much felt like a microcosm of each group’s season. The Mets keep finding methods to win, and the Phillies appear to discover imaginative brand-new methods to lose. 

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