New York Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey wanted to stay in to face Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.
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But with Pelfrey’s pitch count at 116 and two outs in the top of the eight inning, manager Terry Collins decided to pull him.
“Obviously, my pitch count was getting up there and [Terry] made a decision to bring someone else in,” Pelfrey said after the Mets’ 5-2 loss to the Phillies on Saturday night at Citi Field. “Physically I felt fine, and being a competitor you never wanna come out, but he made the decision and I understand it.”
Pelfrey left with a 2-1 lead after throwing a season-high 7 2/3 innings. He allowed two earned runs on four hits, walked two and struck out a season-best six. But he received a no-decision after the bullpen gave up the lead -- and eventually, lost the game.
“You have confidence in those guys,” Pelfrey said. “With a runner on first and two outs, 99 out of 100 times they’re gonna get that guy out. It’s part of baseball, it didn’t work out.”
In his last seven starts, Pelfrey is 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA. Saturday marked his fourth start of at least seven innings and two runs or less.
“I thought Mike was outstanding all night,” Collins said. “Early in the game he was hard-down. Later in the game he started using his curveball a little more and kept them off balance a little bit. The one inning where he got in a little trouble, I thought he really beared down to limit the damage. I thought he did a good job.”