Bases loaded. 2 outs. You’re up a run. You have Josh Lindblom or Jonathan Papelbon. Who do you use? Apparently, Charlie rather use Lindblom in that spot as the Phillies lost tonight 7-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers. Corey Hart hit a grand slam with two outs in the 8th inning to give the Brewers the lead that ultimately won them the game. The terrible Livan Hernandez picked up a win while Lindblom wasted a 12 strikeout outing from Cliff Lee. Lee pitched into the 8th inning, giving up three runs on three solo home runs (two by Ryan Braun and one by Aramis Ramirez).
This book is terrible Charlie, stop using it.
Braun and Ramirez got the scoring started in the bottom half of the first inning, going back to back. Ramirez’ home run was a majestic shot to center field. In third, Jimmy Rollins led off the inning with a single and stole second. Rollins caught Aramis Ramirez and Marco Estrada napping as he stole third without a throw. After a Chase Utley walk, Ryan Howard hit a dead double play ball to the second baseman Rickie Weeks. Weeks turned, threw an easy ball to shortstop Jean Segura, but Segura dropped it with Utley charging down the line. Rollins scored on the play to cut the deficit in half. Braun continued his Phillies’ bashing with a 432 foot bomb to right center field in the 4th inning to make 3-1. The Phillies answered back in the 5th inning. After Pierre and Utley flew out to start the inning, A Dom Brown walk was sandwiched around Ryan Howard and Laynce Nix singles. Kevin Frandsen would then double to left center, scoring all three runners, giving the Phillies a 4-3 lead.
Lee dominated the Brewers until he was pulled with two outs in the 8th inning. After Rickie Weeks reached second on a Frandsen throwing error, Josh Lindblom was brought in for reasons unknown. Charlie, who has used Papelbon in the 8th inning before, thought it wouldn’t make any sense to use his best reliever vs. the Brewers’ best player. After falling behind Braun, Lindblom intentionally walked him to get to Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez eventually walked to load the bases for Corey Hart. With the bases loaded and four outs to go, once again Charlie didn’t think it was a good idea to use his best reliever in a high leverage situation. Hart hit a fly ball to right that hit the top of the wall before going over the fence, a ball that grazed off of right fielder Dom Brown’s glove. The Phillies would load the bases with two outs in the 9th, but Erik Kratz grounded out to third to end the game. Tomorrow night/Later today Vance Worley and the loose bodies in his elbow take on Yovanni Gallardo.
Notes and Observations:
Another classic example of Charlie using the “book”. The “book” says never use your closer in the 8th inning, but who would you rather have in that spot?
Looks like Jimmy Rollins got Charlie’s message.
Dom Brown saw 33 pitches in his 5 plate appearances tonight while also making a very nice defensive play in the outfield. I’d love to see him start hitting for more power though.
Ryan Braun might have cheated, but good lord he’s a great baseball player regardless.
Lindblom’s ERA as a Phillie is over 10. Yikes.
Despite Chase Utley not hitting for a high average, his OBP is at .343 and has reached base in every game this month except for two.
Congratulations on the Brewers’ bullpen for not being terrible for once.