A roundup of reactions from Tuesday night's series opener at Shea, an 8-6 win Philly win ...
Tim Malcolm, Phillies Nation: "For one, thank the Mets bullpen yet again. The Phils can just hit them, no other way of putting it. They got to Duaner Sanchez, then Joe Smith, then Pedro Feliciano. And they did it with singles and doubles, clutch knocks, situational knocks."
Meech, The Fightins': "I’ll have many lasting memories from last night’s game; So Taguchi’s pinch-hit, 2 run double to tie it, Pat Burrell & Jayson Werth’s sniping of Endy Chavez at the plate, Chase laying out to save 2 runs in the 7th, and Jimmy Rollins taking the collective heart of Queens and pulling it down the left field line for the lead … But, without a doubt, the most enjoyable for me was watching the faces of the Mets fans as they witnessed yet another Fightins’ comeback."
Ben Shpigel, NYT Bats Blog: "Even with Johan Santana pitching eight superb innings, even with the Mets leading by three runs heading into the ninth, and even with first place just three outs away, I think it would have been difficult to find anyone in the Shea Stadium press box who did not expect Billy Wagner’s unavailability to prove an obstacle, or at least prepare for the possibility."
Andrew Vazzano, The 'Ropolitans: "This was Manuel's first big mistake as the Mets manager. Unfortunately for everyone involved, it came against the Phillies, in a battle for first place, with the teams ace in line for a win (a dominant one at that),"
Eric Simon, Amazin' Avenue: "A lot of people are going to pillory Manuel for taking Santana out of the game, and there is plenty of merit to that argument. The other side of the coin is that the burden of responsibility for this loss is on Sanchez, Smith and Feliciano (Sanchez in particular), for allowing six runs while recording just two outs.
Randolph Manuel made a questionable bullpen decision and it backfired, but I don't think it was clearly the wrong decision. In retrospect, sure, it looks terrible, but it's not totally unreasonable to expect your bullpen to get three outs before allowing three (or six!) runs to score."