Jimmy Rollins committed a costly error what could have been a double play in the eighth, but bullpen management will be a hot-button after Charlie opted not to go with Jonathan Papelbon, who would have been pitching in a third consecutive game. Michael Schwimer relieved Jose Contreras with the bases loaded and one out with a three-run lead, then walked Michael Bourn on four pitches, allowed a two-run single to Martin Prado, and a sac fly to Freddie Freeman. More from Crashburn Alley on the bullpen decisions here.
Chooch Posts 7 RBI, But Phils Fall in Painful Extras
May 3, 2012, 2:15 am
Probably not the best way to start a Thursday morning, but who wants to take a quick look at just a few of the more painful elements from last night's 15-13 Phillies loss in Atlanta?
After being given a lately unheard of 6-0 lead, Roy Halladay surrendered six runs in the fifth inning thanks to a Brian McCann grand slam, and two more in the sixth. The thrill of run support and the agony of an ace in distress…
Seven RBIs by Carlos Ruiz, one shy of a club record for all players and a new mark for Phillies catchers, went to waste. His pair of doubles and a bat-flipping bomb to left all came before the game went to extras. Ruiz's season line swung up to .329/.363/.575/.938; 4 HR, 17 RBI. How Chooch is it to swing the bat like that on a night when his pitcher clearly labored?
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough.
And yet, the Phils weren't done. Entering the ninth down 13-12 with All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel on the mound for the Braves, they dinked the tying run after Juan Pierre walked, stole second, advanced to third on a Polly groundout to short, and scored on a long infield single by Shane Victorino up the middle.
But the blast that hurt the most on the night came off the bat of one Mr. Larry Wayne Jones. With the Delaware Valley either in bed, hanging on for "one more inning," or wired with Phils-Related Insomnia, Chipper went deep in the bottom of the 11th. One last F You Trot to the Phillies? God I hope so.
Luckily we don't have to wait long to put that one away. The teams meet again today just after noon. Hope Joe Blanton is ready to go deep into this one.
Would you have used Papelbon in the eighth?
Are you worried about Halladay?