RARE BLEMISH FOR PHILLIES’ NESHEK; ERA SKIES TO 1.39 FROM 0.57!

By Sam Bush

It was a rare bad day at the office for Phillies’ super reliever Pat Neshek:

He allowed three runs in the seventh inning in a 7-6 loss to the Mets, the first runs he had allowed since May 14, snapping an 18-inning scoreless streak over 19 appearances. He entered the game having allowed just two runs in 31 2/3 innings in 34 appearances.

“It’s going to happen,” Neshek told MLB.com. “Yeah, just put it behind you.”

“I felt like I could have finished that inning, but then you see Neshek come in and you feel good about that,” said Hellickson, who threw just 85 pitches in 6 1/3 innings. “He’s been the best reliever in the game so far but it happens. I was happy to see him come in right there. Just felt like I could’ve gotten out of that.”

Neshek’s ERA jumped from 0.57 to 1.39, but he is the smart bet to make the All-Star team when it announced tonight.

The Phillies expect to trade him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

“Neshek has been one of the best relievers in Major League Baseball, but everyone has one of those days, you know?” Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph said. “He’s going to go out there and pitch for us again tomorrow and we’re going to expect nothing but the best, just like we always do.”

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