In the bottom of the twelfth inning, New York's Angel Pagan hit a single off of Tom Gordon, and Reyes raced from second, around third, and was able to sneak in a run. Jayson Werth threw the ball to Coste, who blocked the plate, but Reyes was able to get his hand around before the tag.
Adam Eaton had another solid start, allowing three runs in six innings while striking out five, but the offense was unable to support him. The runs came on RBI singles from Ryan Church and Carlos Beltran in the fourth inning. The Phillies didn't score any runs until Pedro Feliz homered off John Maine to start the seventh inning. In the eighth Ryan Howard hit another homer off Aaron Heilman, and Feliz grounded out to score So Taguchi in order to tie the game 3-3. It took until the twelfth for either offense to secure the game.
The Phillies really felt the loss of Jimmy Rollins in the lineup. Eric Bruntlett was completely ineffective batting second, going 0-6 and leaving seven men on base. However, the Phillies' other two MVP caliber players were unable to fill the void, each going 1-5 (despite Howard's 1 being a home run). Pat Burrell was able to walk three times, but he was taken out in the eighth for So Taguchi. Normally, this would be an extremely upsetting move, but Taguchi scored the tying run after going first to third on a Geoff Jenkins single, so it's hard to argue with Manuel's decision this time. It's not even that John Maine dominated them. Maine was simply effective as a fly-ball pitcher. More than half of the outs he got were fly outs, and only one was a strikeout.
On the bright side, the bullpen looked very promising today. Ryan Madson came back, J.C. Romero, Brad Lidge, Rudy Seanez, and Tom Gordon were each able to keep the Mets from scoring for an inning, letting by only four hits in six innings, two of those hits being the ones that won the game for the Mets. Normally, Gordon wouldn't be put in for that second inning, so it's not something to be concerned about. Since that first debacle of an appearance at the beginning of the year, Gordon has looked quite good in his appearances. Were Clay Condrey more trustworthy or had Chad Durbin not pitched over three innings the day before, Gordon may not have been used at all in this game.
The game wasn't too poorly managed. While they missed Burrell's bat in the long run, it was Taguchi's speed that tied the game. The only thing that was weird was not allowing Greg Dobbs to pinch hit in the seventh in order to get a slightly more favorable matchup with Jayson Werth when the Mets changed pitchers. They could have used Dobbs' bat in the long run, as Cole Hamels had to eventually pinch hit. The biggest issue was that the offense was lacking. Burrell was constantly walking to first, and there were a couple long balls, but Utley has apparently cooled off and Howard hasn't been able to really get anything started. Once the offense remembers what it's doing, it's comforting to know that Adam Eaton is able to be solid in his outings. Hopefully he can keep that up.