Things were looking up for the Philadelphia Phillies. They took a 7-1 lead into the top of the ninth against their NL East rivals, the New York Mets, with the chance to end a three-game losing streak.
But relief pitchers James Norwood and Corey Knebel proceeded to give up seven runs, the Phillies couldn't rally in the bottom of the inning and they lost 8-7 on Thursday night.
"One of them, yeah," manager Joe Girardi told reporters when asked if it was the toughest loss of his managerial career. "I've had some playoff losses that were pretty tough. But it's probably the toughest one since I've been here."
It spoiled an excellent outing from Phillies starter Aaron Nola (seven innings, three hits and one run allowed, seven strikeouts) and an outburst from Philadelphia's talented but struggling lineup, which included homers from Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos.