Thursday, July 22, 2004

The One That Got Away

The Phils battled back from a 10-3 deficit to draw to within two runs, but wasted a bases-loaded, one-out chance in the eighth on their way to a loss to and predictable split with Florida this afternoon at the Park. Randy Wolf couldn't make it out of the fifth, and the offense, forced to play catch-up for most of the afternoon, just couldn't get over the hump. The Braves, naturally, won today, returning to a first-place tie with the Phillies. The Fish are just two games back, with the Mets a game behind them. And so it continues. I'll be at the Park tomorrow night for the opener of the weekend's three-game set with the Cubs.


At July 22, 2004 at 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not entirely Randy's fault he didn't get out of the 5th. Geoff Geary was decidely the wrong guy to bring into a 4-2 game at that point.

Bunting away an out in the 8th didn't help the offense any either. Nor did the crappy call on the ball Pierre trapped.

If we can't get Larry fired, can the terrorists win just this once and make him dissappear?

At July 23, 2004 at 6:39 AM, Blogger Iain said...

I was listening to the game and was sure the Phils would make something of the bases-loaded situation in the 8th. I mean, McKeon brought in Armando 'Meltdown' Benitez to replace Billy Koch in the middle of an at-bat, with a 3-1 count - however, it appears that Benitez only melts down when he plays for the Mets, and he got out of last night's jam. Just goes to show you that we Brits know nothing about the game of baseball ;-)

At July 23, 2004 at 11:09 AM, Blogger Tom said...

I was shocked that Bowa had Bell bunt in the eighth -- should have said that in my post. Bell has performed pretty well in clutch situations this year, and with Benitez, who's been effective this year, heating up, did the Phillies really want to give up an out?


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