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Phillies channel their inner Mets, bungle routine fly ball to lose to the damn Orioles

Is that headline unfair? After all, the Phillies certainly had their days in baseball’s basement as well. However, they have won a World Series more recently since 1986. Boom, roasted.

That’s why we have no problem saying the fightin’ Phils channeled their inner Mets on Tuesday night, bungling a routine fly ball in the infield against the Baltimore Orioles, who had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth with two outs and the game tied 6-6:

That scored two O’s runners, giving them an 8-6 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. The Phillies fought back, tying the game at 8-8. But in the top of the ninth, the Phils crapped themselves again, as centerfielder Roman Quinn went for the hero play on a line-drive up the middle, which led to an inside-the-park, two-run home run for Baltimore’s Austin Hays:

Yikes. Philadelphia eventually lost 10-9 because of this play, dropping its record to 5-7 on the season. If you combined the Phillies record with the Mets, another NL East that had high hopes in a shortened season, the two teams are 12-18. How about the lowly Orioles and the even lowlier Miami Marlins, who had a COVID-19 outbreak? Well, if you combine their records, the two teams are 15-11. If you ever find yourself wanting to bet on baseball, you should simply not bet on baseball instead.