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Phillies Blow Another Late Lead In Loss To Brewers

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, August 16, 2012 11:38 PM | Comments: 21
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Utley's display of hustle wouldn't be enough tonight. (AP)

A magical season for the Phillies continued tonight when their bullpen managed to blow yet another late lead in a 7-4 loss to the Brewers. This is beginning to look awfully familiar, isn’t it?

HARD LUCK CLIFF

- Cliff Lee‘s career against the Brewers has been quite the struggle. Coming into tonight’s game, he was 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA in four starts against them. Earlier this season, they touched him up for six runs in seven innings at CBP. In that game, the Brewers got to Lee late.  Tonight, the Brew Crew’s runs would come in the earlier stages of the game.

- They’d score three off Lee in the first four innings. All three runs came on solo homers and two of them were by Ryan Braun. Braun now has three dingers off of Lee this season. I think it’s safe to say he owns him right now.

- Lee would settle in after the fourth, preventing the Brewers from scoring the rest of the way. He’d end up going 7.2  innings, allowing five hits, no walks, and striking out a very impressive twelve batters. He should’ve finished the eighth, but a bad throw by Frandsen and a failure to scoop by Howard allowed Rickie Weeks to reach base with two outs and Braun up. Following the error, Manuel opted to go with Josh Lindblom out of the ‘pen.It’d prove to be the turning point.

Todd Zolecki tweeted that tonight was Lee’s 13th double-digit strikeout with the Phillies. That ranks him sixth all time. Assuming he doesn’t get traded during his current deal, you have to think he’s got a shot at creeping to the top of that list.

BULLPEN’d

- Frandsen’s error was an unfortunate miscue, but Lindblom compounded it when he walked the first two batters he faced to load the bases. Things only got worse from there, when Corey Hart sent a grand slam over the right field wall to make it 7-4. Walks always kill a pitcher. Lindblom broke the golden rule of relief pitching: no free passes.

- You have to question the decision to bring in Lindblom over Papelbon there by Manuel. Pap  is making a ton of money to pitch this season. There is absolutely no reason not to use him for a four-out save in that scenario. Then again, this is something that’s been going on all season. This loss is as much on Manuel as it is on Lindblom.

- This shouldn’t be painful anymore. We should be numb to this type of disappointment by now. We’ve seen this bullpen blow game after game. They’ve been far and away the worst unit for the Phillies this season. But it still hurts every time.

JIMMY AND THE GANG

- The Phillies scored their first run in the third inning, when Jimmy Rollins showed a little hustle and made something happen: First, he stole second on the first pitch of Chase Utley‘s at bat. Then he caught the Brewers sleeping, and took third without another pitch being thrown. After a walk to Utley, Ryan Howard would hit a ground ball on the right side. The play resulted in an error when Utley barreled down hard on the shortstop and distracted him from receiving the throw to second. The error allowed Rollins to score. Had he not taken third, he wouldn’t have scored on the play. For all the talk surrounding Rollins’s lack of hustle earlier today, he, along with Utley, showed a lot of it in creating the team’s first run. Perhaps the criticism fueled Rollins to play a little harder.  Only he knows. But he certainly looked like a different person on the bases tonight.

- The team’s next opportunity for runs would present itself in the fifth inning, when they loaded the bases with two outs and Kevin Frandsen at the plate. After working the count full, Frandsen would double in the gap to left to clear the bases and give the Phils a 4-3 lead. For a while, it seemed like it’d be the decisive hit in the game. I should have known better than that.

- Frandsen would get a shot to redeem himself for his costly error in the ninth when he came to the plate as the tying run with two outs. A home run and it would’ve been total redemption for the 30-year old career Four-Aer. Instead, he’d get a single keep it alive. However, Erik Kratz would follow with a ground out to end it. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Philadelphia Phillies.

GAME NOTES

-The Phils kickoff the weekend by continuing their series in Milwaukee tomorrow night. Vance Worley faces Yovani Gallardo.

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  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    typical charlie BS! shoulda just left lee in. the man was dealin. we’re up 3 if he homers we’re still up. but know he probably got a hunch. or he got scared. either way if he leaves him in and we lose we’ll all complain .he pulls him for the stinking 8th inning guys and we lose and we bitch. personally i woulda kept him in period go with the hot hand, go to pap in the ninth game over. we need a new manager and and eight inning pitcher. rollins should go! period. i don’t care if he stole two bases. after what he did yesterday i just don’t care a lick for that lazy POS.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Mets 56-62
    Phils 54-64 2 GB

    This is going to go down to the wire.

    Need the bullpen to step up.
    And maybe have some of the vetreran players show some effort.
    You know hustle, play hard, or show that they care.

    Or sit them down on the bench and let someone who does care play.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil Ease

    Ryan’s right: I am numb, but I’m still disappointed. When the Phils go to the bullpen, I clench my teeth and hope things will be better this time. I’m more disappointed and disheartened about this loss than any other in recent memory.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Lindblom go Boom!

     
  • Posts: 120 Dave P

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    Phillies 2012 -
    If they didn’t have bad luck, they wouldn’t have no luck at all.

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Manuel not bringing in Papelbon is St-ooooooo-pid. Gotta keep Paps comfy and “in his role” though.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Why on God’s green earth would you take out your starter and turn the game over to the worst bullpen to ever pick up a baseball? Someone please explain it to me. Charlie needs to be dropped off at the unemployment line with his egotistical SS.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    Give Manuel a break, people. Lee had never been “dealing” when it came to Braun and by the end of the eighth he’d thrown over 100 pitches. Also, in case some people didn’t notice, there was a runner on base, which could have meant an instant TWO runs. And because Manuel needs to find out what his new bullpen pieces are or are not capable of, he can’t call on the one guy he already knows about.

    It’s too damned easy to second guess. Had Lee blown it, or had tweaked his arm on his next pitch, or if Papelbon had done the same, you’d still all be blaming it on Manuel.

    The facts are that he made a legitimate decision, and if his lousy players had done their jobs, it would have been the correct decision.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      so george what you’re saying is you’d rather have our 8th inning guys over lee ? and i beg to differ but he was dealing! yea braun got him early big deal and if he hits one we’re still up! then you bring in the money guy! or you bring him in to get the last out before braun has a chance. whatever as lee says. and yea charlie made a legitimate decision all right ! the wrong one! as far as finding out? once he loaded the bases paps is in. he gave the bum his chance he blew it, and charlie blew the game leaving him in! great decision. and you put a lot of if’s out there! here’s an if for ya, if the queen had balls she’d be the king.

       
  • Posts: 0 sportsphan

    Once the bases were loaded he should have brought in Pap for a four out save. It was obvious that Lindblom had his usual nothing. I think we should send him down and bring up the minor league guy we got in the Victorino deal. (see preceding article)

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff Dowder

    It’s amazing that people are still worried about wins and losses at this point. The Phillies record is meaningless right now. As an organization, they’re trying to figure out how to be a contender next season. A big part of contending is reconstructing what has been one of the worst bullpens in the league. One of the pieces of the 2013 bullpen may or may not be Lindblom – that’s what they are trying to find out as the season limps to an end.

    They already know what Papelbon is. I don’t know what’s gained by pushing him into four and five out save situations. Do you really want to add more wear and tear to a guy that’s signed long term just for the sake of a meaningless win in a meaningless season?

     
    • Posts: 0 Dave

      I think it’s evident what we have in the bullpen. A pile of *hit! No more experimenting needed! At this point it’s 5 card draw. Take these 5 cards and give me 5 new ones. This has been going on all year. Although I keep thinking that the bullpen should be able to close out 1 game just by accident. What did the paper say today? 16 losses when tied or losing from the 8th inning on? There’s your season right there.

       
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Our 2012 motto: “We are consistent at being inconsistent.” lol. Just trying for a little humor. God knows we all need it this season.

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Hector Luna !!! Hector Luna !!! Hector Luna !!!! FINALLY, THAT IS O U T OF MY SYSTEM .

     
  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

    Avatar of Brooks

    “Everybody is going to hustle. That’s my job. That’s for the integrity of baseball. That’s for respect for the manager, the players and the organization. Everything. No matter who you are.”

     
  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    Lets see Braun do that again go ahead

     
  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    Chase with a hit! Holy moly

     
  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    2 men on, nobody out and cannot even move them over?

     
  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    More meltdown coming soon… Vance needs some R&R

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Why bother with a game day thread?

    Just change it to the Phillies get blown out instead of the Phillies blow a lead.

    How Ruben Amaro will have a job January 1st 2013 is beyond me.
    He has a 176,000.000.00$ pay roll.

    Oakland has a 55 milion dollar pay roll and is one game out of the playoffs.

    The guys a disgrace and been that way a long time.

    But lets trust he can lead us away from the ice burg and on to success.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Pat Gallen is a joke. Like this phillies team. They are done
    For years to come. Burn phillies.

     
 
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