An­other gone game for Gomez, Ramos

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jack McCaf­fery jm­c­caf­fery @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Jack­McCaf­fery on Twit­ter

Be­fore the Phillies’ 9-8, 11-in­ning loss to the New York Mets Thursday, Pete Mack­anin made one fi­nal com­mit­ment to closer Jean­mar Gomez.

Af­ter Gomez blew one save in the ninth — and Edubray Ramos did the same in the 11th — Mack­anin was not so sure.

“We’ll talk about it,” the man­ager said, “to­mor­row.”

As­drubal Cabr­era won it for New York with a three­run homer off Ramos in the 11th. Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer off Gomez to force a 6-6 tie and ex­tra in­nings in the ninth. Af­ter a strong sea­son, Gomez has been sput­ter­ing, al­low­ing nine runs over his last five ap­pear­ances. Mack­anin wanted him to fin­ish the sea­son on a pos­i­tive note. That is not likely to hap­pen. The job likely will to to Hec­tor Neris, who ended the Mets’ ninth-in­ning rally.

“That was prob­a­bly the tough­est loss of the sea­son for me,” Mack­anin said. “Our of­fense did a heck of a job. We made a lot of bad pitches and let them back in it.”

Ryan Howard, Cameron Rupp and Maikel Franco home­red for the Phils. Franco’s three-run shot gave the Phils a 6-4 lead in the eighth.

“I don’t know why this hap­pened,” Gomez said. “I don’t know why this has hap­pened the last two weeks.”

••• Hit in the hel­met by a fast­ball from the Chicago White Sox’s Chris Beck Wed­nes­day, Tyler Goed­del was not with the Phillies Thursday in New York.

“He was di­ag­nosed with a con­cus­sion,” Pete Mack­anin re­ported be­fore a game. “So what­ever the pro­to­col is for that, they’ll go through that and keep look­ing at him.”

Mack­anin said Goed­del did not suf­fer a frac­ture.

Goed­del, 23, was a Rule 5 se­lec­tion from Tampa Bay. Since he has re­mained on the ac­tive ros­ter for the en­tire sea­son, he has be­come Phillies prop­erty. In 92 games, he hit .192 with four home runs, while demon­strat­ing good out­field in­stincts and a strong throw­ing arm. He is un­likely to play again this sea­son.

Goed­del was one of four hit­ters to be struck by White Sox pitches Wed­nes­day, ty­ing a Phillies onegame record. Chicago’s Jose Abreu was then struck by the Phils’ Joely Ro­driguez on the foot, a mild re­sponse to what Mack­anin viewed as gen­eral mis­for­tune.

“There is no doubt in my mind,” the man­ager said, “that they were un­in­ten­tional.”

••• For much of the se­cond half of the sea­son, the Phillies went with­out a left­handed re­lief pitcher.

Joely Ro­driguez, who was added to the ex­panded Septem­ber ros­ter, is do­ing plenty to make sure that isn’t the case next year.

Show­ing high ve­loc­ity, Ro­driguez has not al­lowed a run in six ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing a score­less eighth Thursday, since be­ing pro­moted from Le­high Valley. There, nine of his fi­nal 12 ap­pear­ances were score­less.

He was a com­bined 7-0 for Clear­wa­ter, Read­ing and Le­high Valley this sea­son.

Ac­quired in the trade with Pitts­burgh for An­to­nio Bas­tardo last Septem­ber, Ro­driguez’s fast­ball has been clocked at 98 mph.

“I don’t want to get overly ex­cited,” Mack­anin said. “But it is a good im­pres­sion he has made.”

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