Yes we did…Phils 9 Bravos 5. Very few of our current membership actually saw any of this game – they were all far too busy in deep, protracted discussions of the financial minutiae of a certain player swap. Preoccupied thus what was going on afield escaped them so herewith a synopsis.
Julio could not do it to the Phils this time and left after 5 having just given up the lead on a 2 run 2 0ut double to his opposite number Hellickson, his first XBH ever. Julio started well with a 1,2,3 first but his velocity was straining to reach 90 and you just got the impression all was not yet quite right from 8 days ago. Hellickson pitched a tidy 5 2/3 and looked at ease. With both these starters the subjects of much trade speculation themselves it it is now not difficult to predict what will happen after tonight’s performances. Julio will stay, no one will want to risk a rich offer now. Hellickson will be moved, certain. He’s handy and low risk.
Who should also all be traded after this evening’s fiasco is the Braves bullpen. Dear me. 4IP, 6 runs,7 walks(4 by Hunter), 2 hit batsmen. A mess compounded by two bad errors in the eighth by Garcia and Aybar which made it easy for the Phils thereafter, took the pressure off them and gave the home boo boys a real excuse to wail away.
Offensively there were some pluses. Jace had 3 hits including a lead off double in the 1st, which was wasted. Freddy had three singles, the last achieved with masterful hustle effort in the bottom of the ninth with 2 out when it meant nothing. Nick got the important early 2 out Rbi which gave us the lead till it slipped away in the 5th. Adonis went 2 for 4 including a double and a walk. Ender also 2 for 4 but you still get the impression he’s plopping the ball not smacking it. And then, living up to his name, there was Anthony ‘Double’ Drecker hitting one to the off field wall to add to an earlier single. I have to admit that the looming prospect of an 18 million Bmac makes me quite happy to keep this guy, back up to Flowers if you insist, but otherwise everyday. I cannot remember a passed ball, his agility behind the plate is warmly reassuring after what we have gone through, and the guy can throw. So he has a big ass. Get over it. He’s at .333.
A mixed bag then but an unnecessary loss. We totaled 9 hits three of which were for extra bases. Normally when we do that with Teheran on the mound you would chalk up a win. And he was not that bad – 5IP/5H/3R/3ER/1W/4K. Looking at that line and having noted a certain air of fragility about him it’s pretty damn good in the circumstances. What let him and our offense down was some shoddy defense late but mainly an overall stink job by the bullpen. Hunter Cervenka may never be seen again, he was dreadful, the Phils booth who hardly believed their luck opined he looked gassed – from what?
But we bye-byed Olivera and we got Kemp.