Only seconds have passed since Endy Chavez ended Monday’s nights game, so I should probably calm down before writing this, but I won’t. What a terrible at-bat. I mean what was going on there? The first pitch is check swing foul ball, and Endy has this look of amazement that he made contact. The next pitch he whiffs completely. Then, he fouls off a ball that bounces in front of the plate. Let me reiterate, he fouled off a ball that bounces in front of the plate. Mind you, there are runners on second and third and like Lofton’s run earlier, that pitch easily could have gotten away from Astros catcher Brad Asumus and allowed the tying run to score. What a joke, Endy. But I guess the joke is on us, because really, should we expect anything more?
I spent the entire weekend heckling Marlon Byrd and pointing out how the Nationals got the raw end of that July deal - full well knowing that it wasn’t true. Oh yea, and Byrd went 3-5 (a HR short of a cycle) with 3 insurance RBIs in the eighth for the Nats today. And meanwhile with the game on the line in Philadelphia, the best Manuel could come up with was Endy Chavez. Crap! Not to mention, highly touted Shane Victorino’s chance at redemption falling short. He is 0-2 in his big league career highlighted by wild swings and misses. Clutch performances are missing from the playoff caliber team as they consistently come this close (I’m making a close sign with my thumb and forefinger) but fail to win the game. So what you get is second place in the wild card.
Stuff happened the rest of the game, but it doesn’t matter. Brett Myers gave up 4 in the first inning, but that can be expected. David Bell’s bobble let the first run on base and kinda set the stage for that inning. And then Andy Pettitte was mysteriously lifted in the sixth, which was good news but the Phils failed to take full advantage of the move.
I just hope some of my fellow Phillies bloggers can prove statistically that Endy Chavez sucks, but I know its true cause I’m tired of watching him pinch hit and fall on his face with the game on the line. This sucks, I’m pissed. Go Phils.