The Philadelphia Phillies found themselves on the wrong end of one of the greatest comebacks we have seen so far this season.
As late as the sixth inning, the Phils had the New York Mets down by a score of 7-0.
Fast forward to the ninth.
The Mets had picked up a run in the sixth, but the Phillies were still in command.
Aaron Nola had pitched seven innings and the game was all but over.
Until it wasn’t.
The Mets scored seven runs and held on for an 8-7 win, leaving the Phillies and their home fans shellshocked.
After the game, Phillies manager Joe Girardi had this to say.
After the game, Joe Girardi responded to a great question from @byalexcoffey by admitting this was one of the toughest losses of his managerial career, and "probably the toughest one since I've been here."
— Tim Kelly (@TimKellySports) May 6, 2022
A Tough Pill To Swallow
Could you have drawn it up any worse for the Phillies and Girardi?
Think about it.
You’re leading 7-1 in the ninth and in a matter of minutes the script has been completely flipped.
That has to be tough for Girardi to swallow.
He’s had several losses in his career that have been that way, but according to the man himself, this one might just take the cake.
Even after the Mets had chipped away, the Phillies came to within one out of finishing the job.
But the win still eluded them.
The Mets were a runaway train at that point and were not going to be stopped.
That’s hard to stomach if you’re Girardi.
During his time as the manager of the Phillies, he’s had some tough losses.
But if he thinks this one of the toughest one yet, he’s probably right.
How many times are you going to see a team blow a 7-1 lead in the ninth inning?
The answer is, not that often.