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Final Score: Phillies 14, Mets 8 — Not so swell for Niese and Parnell

Jon Niese and the bullpen stunk up Citi Field against the last-place Phillies.

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The good news is that the Phillies could have scored 50 runs tonight and it only would have cost the Mets one loss.

The bad news is that Jon Niese looks like a guy who can't be trusted with a start in the postseason.

Niese allowed six runs in five innings of work, with five of those runs coming in a costly third inning. The big blow was a no-doubter three-run home run hit by Darin Ruf. Niese struck out two, walked two, and allowed a lot of hard contact. His ERA rose to 4.17, and despite a strong stretch of starts in July and August, Bartolo Colon seems like a more reliable option for the postseason rotation, should the Mets get there. There's still a month to play, though, so stay tuned.

The Mets briefly made it interesting, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to pull within 6-4. A convincing two-run home run from Yoenis Cespedes was the highlight. However, Bobby Parnell, Eric O'Flaherty, and Carlos Torres poured water on a grease fire and combined to allow eight runs in the sixth inning. Yes, eight runs. It was ugly to watch.

Terry Collins's decision to go to Parnell in a close game was first-guessed by Mets fans everywhere. The struggling reliever walked the first two batters he faced, then threw ball past Daniel Murphy at first base after a sacrifice bunt attempt by Freddy Galvis. O'Flaherty entered the game and it was a blur of walks, singles, doubles, and errors thereafter. Not even the never-say-die 2015 Mets could come back from a 10-run deficit.

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