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Phillies Rally, Bullpen Can’t Hold On

It was a close game that went back and forth, but the Phillies couldn’t come through to beat the Reds.

-Cliff Lee’s line: 6.2 innings, 3 runs (2 earned), 9 hits, 1 walk, and 9 strikeouts.  Lee pitched great until the seventh inning; he couldn’t get out the jam and allowed the Reds to take a 3-1 lead.

-The Phillies immediately rallied in the bottom of the seventh.  They were able to load the bases for Jimmy Rollins, who smacked a two-run double to tie the game.  The Phillies had a chance for more, but Juan Pierre decided to try the suicide squeeze, and failed.  Ty Wigginton was not expecting the squeeze play, and was a dead duck at home plate.

-Antonio Bastardo continues to struggle.  After the Phillies tied the game, he gave up a home run to Todd Frazier.  The Reds took the 4-3 lead.

-The Phillies offense didn’t quit.  Kevin Frandsen tripled to right.  Domonic Brown was on first base, and chugged his way around the bases to score, tying the game at 4.  Once again, the Phillies gained some life.

-It didn’t take long for another member of the bullpen to give up the go-ahead run.  Jonathan Papelbon gave up a bomb to Zack Cozart.  The Reds took a 5-4 lead.  Only this time, the Phillies couldn’t rally as Aroldis Chapman completed the save.

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  1. michael hall

    August 22, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Too bad the Phillies didn’t win but there will be a lot of other games to win. Go Phillies!

  2. betasigmadeltashag

    August 22, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I know I have defended Bastardo before, but to say he continues to stuggle is way off base in this situation. That HR was hit on a pitch that was out of the strike zone and at the guys ankles. It was a real good 0-2 pitch, and somehow that Frazer guy hit it out. I know ultimitly you have blame Bastardo, but sometimes guys hit good pitches. I would be more blame Pap for groving a fastball belt high in the top of the ninth

  3. Chuck A.

    August 22, 2012 at 8:31 am

    The bullpen has been the Achilles heel all season long. Whether the pitches thrown are good pitches or not still doesn’t dismiss the fact that these guys just aren’t consistent at all.

    Still, though….Phils didn’t lose any ground to the Mets. Still tied for 3rd. Let’s keep winning 6 or 7 out of 10 and finish strong. .500 record very doable.

  4. Brooks

    August 22, 2012 at 8:56 am

    This was a pretty exciting game. The pitching give up 5 runs from the 7th inning on, you cannot expect to win many games with that.
    Good game nonetheless.

  5. hot dog

    August 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

    every team in front of Phills lost except the Cards. They lost a very winnable game. I keep expecting a run but now realize they are just not that good. Every move Charlie makes is a bad one. Juan Pierre needed to try to slap a hit with Wiggington running, Howard needs to catch the ball, Evey batter in the 7th for the reds had 2 strikes when they got their hits, Let Rollins hit in the ninth, frustrating.

  6. Nick

    August 22, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I have a GREAT off-season trade for the Phillies —-Papelbon & Mayberry Jr. to the
    LA Dodgers for Victorino & Blanton !! I seriously hope Mayberry Jr. is NOT in the
    Phillies plans for the future, he is a stiff ! People I talk to are under the impression that
    he is a 21 year old kid just breaking in —-not the 31 year old plug that he is !!!!!!

    • schmenkman

      August 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Mayberry is 28 (29 in December), and he’s fine as a platoon piece playing only against lefties. Career vs. LHPs in 292 plate appearances: .292/.308/.557 (.865 OPS).

      I assume you’re kidding on the trade. And Papelbon is overpaid, but he’s having a pretty good season.

      • Chuck A.

        August 22, 2012 at 10:47 am

        I didn’t get the impression that he was kidding. Thank God HE’S not the GM.

  7. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 22, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I have never defended Bastardo before, but I will say that kid dug that ball out and used brute strength to hit it out. However, a blow like that to Bastardo’s already fragile psyche cannot be good. There is no defense for Papelbon. He is an experienced closer and should execute better than that. It seems in save situations this season he is brilliant, but not so much in tie situations. The positives were many though and signs we could regain our poise for next year. Lastly, I know I’m critical if Rollins, but despite his so so year, you have to let him hit in the ninth, especially after that feel good double earlier. Let’s win this series though and make a strong finish. Go Phils.

  8. Don M

    August 22, 2012 at 10:06 am

    • Nick

      August 22, 2012 at 10:11 am

      We don’t need Swisher !! We have Mayberry Jr. ! ha ha ha


    August 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Let’s catch the Mets and finish 3rd. A strong finish will be exciting and leave a positive note on the “Year to Remember or Forget.”

  10. George

    August 22, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Amanda, I doubt seriously that “Juan Pierre decided to try the suicide squeeze.” That would have been the manager’s decision. Wigginton got a bad jump, but the biggest problem with the play was an atrocious bunt.

    • Dave P

      August 22, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Not a good play, all around. Wiggsy didn’t even look like he was going for the bag.

      • The Original Chuck P

        August 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

        Seeing how slow Wigginton was to react, it’s clear to me that Pierre did that on his own – he saw something that made him think he could bring Wigginton home with a bunt… but Wigginton didn’t get a great jump and Marshall made a good play and so it was a bad idea on Pierre’s part.

        In my opinion, the more atrocious bunt (and this one was definitely the manager’s decision) was the unsuccessful sac bunt attempt laid down by Jimmy Rollins against Aroldis Chapman in the 9th with Polanco on first base. The bunt wasn’t great but that’s not what bugs me… I just don’t understand why you would ever bunt in that situation. You have the switch-hitting Rollins at the plate with no outs and a slow-footed Polanco at first base… you’re trying to bunt Polly into scoring position which is fine (he’s still probably not scoring on a single) but you’re also giving the Reds an out and forcing yourself to go lefty-lefty with Pierre and Utley against Chapman. In my opinion, that wasn’t the right call.

      • George

        August 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm

        Wiggy may have gotten that bad start because he missed a sign. At any rate, Pierre himself said his bunt was badly placed.

        Whatever the foul-up, we’ll never know, because Manuel never publicly berates any player for making a mistake.

  11. The Original Chuck P

    August 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Another tough bullpen loss. The bullpen arms have accumulated 21 losses this year (compared to 18 all of last season)… Last year, we had six relievers with +25 games finish the season with ERA’s below 4. This season, we might end up with three (Pap, Horst and Raul Valdes – yes, it’s that bad). Our biggest crutch this season has been our bullpen… take away 1/3 of those losses and we are right where we need to be.

    Quick trivia… which Phillies pitcher had the lowest WHIP among all Phillies pitchers last season? The answer – Antonio Bastardo… one of the brightest spots in our bullpen last year has been the single biggest reason why things haven’t gone according to plan in 2012. Not having Stutes and Herndon has also played a huge role in our bullpen woes but everything we did in the pen worked last season whereas everything has blown up in our face this year. I’m not typically a “fire the coach” guy but I wonder if Billmeyer should not be held accountable… I mean, it’s obvious that Pap/Bastardo/Diekman have the stuff to be successful but they lack focus/confidence and don’t seem to be approaching things the right way – maybe they aren’t preparing correctly or maybe they aren’t being coached up they way they need to. Either way, I think Billmeyer is the responsible party. The pen has been a trainwreck…

  12. hot dog

    August 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    for the last four years we could afford to lose these type of games. This year believe it or not I still have hope with the extra playoff spot. Charlie cant keep making the same moves and expecting different results. He should have let Rollins hit. They seem to lose focus and that is the coaches fault.

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