PHILADELPHIA - The losses have become too much even for normally mild-mannered Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.
Following the team's latest loss — an 8-1 blowout by the New York Mets and 293-game winner Tom Glavine — Manuel blew up at a local radio talk-show, challenged him to a fight and had to be restrained by hitting coach Milt Thompson.
“We’re going to win,” Manuel could be heard yelling in his office.
The Philadelphia Daily News said Manuel blew his top when asked during the postgame news conference why he has not shown more anger for the team's lackluster performance so far this season. After Tuesday's games, the Phillies had the worst record (3-9) in the National League.
The Daily News said Manuel invited the radio host into his office so he could show him some temper. That he did, yelling for several minutes so loudly that the oration could be heard nearly 60 feet away, through closed doors.
Earlier, in the action on the field, Freddy Garcia’s long-anticipated debut with the Phillies was a bust.
Moises Alou homered twice and drove in three runs, Tom Glavine got his 293rd win and the New York Mets beat Philadelphia 8-1.
Garcia (0-1) allowed three runs and eight hits, striking out six in 4 2-3 innings. The two-time All-Star acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the offseason missed two starts with biceps tendinitis. He was scheduled to pitch Sunday, but consecutive rainouts pushed him back two days.
Expected to contend for the NL East title, the Phillies are off to a 3-9 start, including 1-5 at home.
David Wright extended his career-best hitting streak to 24 games, tying the Mets’ franchise record. Hubie Brooks in 1984 and Mike Piazza in 1999 also had 24-game hitting streaks for New York.
Alou hit a two-run shot off Garcia in the second inning, his first homer since signing an $8.5 million, one-year contract with New York. He connected off reliever Geoff Geary in the sixth.
“I feel very comfortable at the plate,” Alou said. “I wanted to look better than I looked in spring training.”
Glavine (3-1) allowed one run and six hits, pitching out of trouble often because he walked five and hit one batter.
Wright singled to start the second inning. Alou hit the next pitch into the left-field seats to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.
The Phillies took advantage of Glavine’s control problems in the third to get within 2-1. Glavine walked Garcia on four pitches with one out, hit Chase Utley to load the bases with two outs and walked Ryan Howard to force in a run. But Pat Burrell grounded out to second base to end the inning.
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“After a couple innings, I let it go,” Garcia said. “I felt fine.”
Alou lined his second homer into the left-field seats to make it 4-1 leading off the sixth. Beltran had an RBI groundout against Francisco Rosario in the seventh, and the Mets put it out of reach with three runs in the eighth.
The Phillies had their first two runners on in the fifth, but Glavine struck Utley out looking and Howard swinging. Burrell then fouled out to first base. They had the first two runners on again in the sixth, but Carlos Ruiz grounded into a double play and Alou robbed pinch-hitter Jayson Werth with a diving catch on a sinking liner to left field.
“When it’s that cold, that windy, you are basically in survival mode,” Glavine said. “You don’t get a consistent feel.”
Notes: Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca left after injuring his right index finger when he was hit by Utley’s foul ball in the third inning. X-rays were negative. “He’s fine, probably just a little bruise,” manager Willie Randolph said. ... The teams observed a moment of silence before the game for the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre. ... Alou has 29 career multihomer games. ... Jose Reyes singled leading off the game and stole second, but was picked off second base. ... Utley (1-for-13) and Howard (4-for-19) are hitting .156 with runners in scoring position. “They are going to hit,” Manuel said. “They’re good hitters, they’re special hitters.”
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