NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Grady Sizemore offered no excuses for dropping a bases-loaded fly ball off the bat of Juan Lagares with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, which led to three unearned runs in what became a 4-1 loss to the Mets on Friday at Citi Field.
“I just missed it,” Sizemore said. “There's nothing to it other than just a routine pop-up and I couldn't come up with it.”
Sizemore said he saw the baseball the entire way. Two runs scored on the play as the Mets took a 3-1 lead. Eric Campbell then swiped home on a double-steal for a third unearned run in the inning.
It marked the first time since July 25, 1999 against the Cubs that the Mets scored three or more runs in an inning without producing a hit.
“Routine play,” Sizemore reiterated. “Like I said, had it the whole way, saw it fine, was under it. Just missed it. ... It doesn't get much worse than that. The guys played hard and I just happened to be a guy that let the team down, you know? That's all there really is to it.”
Terry Collins called Sizemore a solid outfielder, but added: “We were pretty pumped up in the dugout. There’s no question, because we haven’t been scoring. You take every gift you can get right now.”