Phillies Bullpen Bombs Again
It is difficult to imagine what must be going through Cliff Lee’s head these days. He has had his ups and downs, but certainly has pitched better than just the 2 wins on his record indicate. Last night, he had a quality start against the Brewers, allowing 3 runs in 7 2/3 innings.
But that good start was quickly wiped away in the Phillies cursed 8th inning. And once again, it was a bullpen guy doing the damage. You can see the reasoning behind why Lee was pulled with Ryan Braun coming up; Braun had already tagged Lee for 2 homers in this game. But with the bullpen performing like it has, maybe taking the chance on Lee was a better decision.
That did turn out to be the case as the game was blown wide open for the Brewers thanks to reliever Josh Lindblom, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino trade. Lindblom walked the bases loaded and then gave up a grand slam to wipe away the Phillies 4-3 lead and turn it into a 7-4 loss.
And with that turn of events, I think Lindblom has earned himself a new nickname: How do you feel about LindBUM? Or even better, LindBOMB. There you go. LindBOMB has a nice ring to it…and bomb, he did. In a big way. Since coming to the Phillies, LindBOMB is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA. Ouch.
Nothing personal against the guy; after all, most of the bullpen has sucked all year long. His name just happens to more easily lend itself to a little joke ;o) And we could all use a little humor right about now.
The real shame of it was that after being down 3-1, the Phillies battled back and score 3 runs in the 5th on a bases-clearing double from Kevin Fransden. Oddly enough, it was Fransden’s throwing error in the 8th that caused Lee to be pulled from the game.
So the downtrodden Phils will again try to beat the Brewers this evening at 8:10pm. Vance Worley will pitch. Hopefully, he can pick this team up…they need a lift in a big way.
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