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.”
"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.