Another gone game for Gomez, Ramos
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.”