Game 3 Recap: Total Bullpen Collapse

When I left work the score was Braves 10, Phillies 3, an hour later when I checked in, the score was Braves 11, Phillies 12 -- wha' happened? Recapping the recaps:

From the AJC:

Braves manager Bobby Cox has seen plenty in nearly five decades of professional baseball, but he never saw anything quite like his team's seventh-inning bullpen meltdown Wednesday against the Phillies.

Four relievers squandered a 10-3 lead in the span of three outs, allowing eight runs on three hits, five walks and a hit batter in the seventh inning of a wretched 12-11 loss against Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park.

“All hell broke loose,” said Cox, after eight consecutive Phillies recorded an RBI, including three straight bases-loaded walks by Peter Moylan and Blaine Boyer. “I’ve seen a couple of walk-ins, but nothing like that in one inning.”

From MLB:

"That's the worst inning I've seen," said Blaine Boyer, who found the strike zone with only one of his nine pitches and exited after issuing two bases-loaded walks. "You talk about your ultimate. We were walking there for a while, 10-3, and it just blows up like that. That's baseball, and I take the brunt of the blame for that one."

Yes, that was the ultimate (what?). I guess he, like most of us, were pretty much speechless after that collapse. I, personally, was so upset that I wanted to punch a small child.

Surely this is not a sign of things to come. Surely this is a complete aberration of how our bullpen will ultimately perform. Or maybe that was the ultimate.

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