ESPN – Phillies vs. Braves – Box Score – July 02, 2008

I hate this team. The right fielder (who sucks) in particular, of course.

In the third inning, already trailing 1-0 (after the usual botched scoring opportunities off of the legendary Adam Eaton) Jorge Campillo put two men on base, and there was Ryan Howard, who did Ryan Howard things to the baseball and it was 4-0 just like that, and I pretty much gave up then.

Ah, but this would be one of those “can’t get the hit to get all the way back” games. I kind of missed those with all the “never had a real opportunity to get all the way back” games lately. It got to 5-0 after a solo homer. Gotay pinch-hit for Campillo in the fifth and hit a solo homer to make it 5-1. The Braves loaded the bases with none out in the sixth. However, Francoeur, who sucks, was due up, and Bobby didn’t have the sense to hit for him with someone more competent, like Hudson or Reyes. Francoeur grounded into a double play. Somewhere, Chip Caray was pleased at these “productive outs”, what with the run scoring.

Chipper hit a solo homer (righthanded) to cut it to 5-3 in the eighth, but then the bullpen exploded, two runs scoring to make it 7-3, the big blow a triple off of Ring by Rollins. And then two men reached base in the bottom of the ninth. With two out, Chipper hit a grounder that should have ended it, but Ryan Howard did (defensive) Ryan Howard things and the bases were loaded. Teixeira turned on the first pitch and pulled it hard, but foul, and struck out 3-2 to end it.

Francoeur sucks, and at this point resembles a giant Brent Lillibridge, only with facial hair. If the fans really would turn on the team for sending him to Richmond, they’re not fans. Escobar was back in the lineup, going 1-5. Kotsay was 0-4 again and doesn’t look ready, though he’s still far better than Francoeur.