Turns out, the back end of the Mets' bullpen is human after all.
Terry Collins gave Jason Isringhausen with the ball with the Mets up one run in the eighth. And why not? Prior to Friday, Isringhausen had protected every lead he'd been handed in 2011.
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But on Friday night, he blew it.
Collins then turned to Francisco Rodriguez -- he of the 19 2/3 innings scoreless streak -- to keep the game tied in the ninth.
“The only thing we found out today (is that) the guys at the end (of the bullpen) are human beings,” Collins said after Friday night’s 6-4 loss to the Phillies.
Rodriguez and the back end of the Mets ‘pen had been almost untouchable entering play on Friday, allowing just two runs all year in the ninth inning.
But Rodriguez topped that total on Friday night.
He gave up three runs in the frame, including a ground ball single to Domonic Brown that scored Carlos Ruiz, putting the Phils up, 4-3. The ball shot past Daniel Murphy, who admitted afterward that he “misplayed” the ball. Rodriguez then gave up a sac fly to Jimmy Rollins and two straight singles, the last one a run-scoring grounder through the right side from Placido Polanco.
“I’m a human being. It wasn’t my day,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve just got to put it back behind me and just be ready for tomorrow.”
Rodriguez entered the game with the longest active scoreless streak in the majors. But he left it to loud boos from the 33,882 on hand at Citi Field.
The fans' reaction “disappointed” Collins. But Rodriguez understood that it comes with the territory.
“That doesn’t surprise me. If you get a save, they’re going to love you. If you don’t get it done they’re going to boo you. It’s as simple as that,” K-Rod said. “The only thing I can do is put zeros on the board.”
The Mets were hoping Isringhausen could put up a zero in the eighth. They had a one-run lead thanks to Justin Turner, who drove in Jose Reyes with a single in the seventh.
But Isringhausen, who entered the day tied for second in the majors with 11 holds, gave up a single to Brown and a run-scoring double to Rollins, which tied the game at 3-3.
He said afterward that he hung a curveball to Rollins. But he didn’t want to dwell on it.
Said Isringhausen: “When you have a bump, you come back and try to start another streak. That’s our plan for tomorrow.”