For the Atlanta Braves, you know something went terribly wrong when two guys in the bullpen have infinity (###) ERAs after yesterday's game against the Phillies.
|B Boyer (L, 0-1)||0.0||0||2||2||2||0||0||9-1||###|
|J Campillo (B, 1)||0.2||2||1||1||2||0||0||21-9||13.50|
So what the hell went wrong? Well, the Braves bullpen squandered a 7 run lead in the most excruciating way possible: by walking in four runs. Yes, in the seventh inning alone the Braves bullpen walked six batters. Talk about ugly.
Just take a look at this play-by-play from ESPN.com:
|M Stairs walked, J Werth scored, R Ibanez to third, P Feliz to second.||10||6|
|B Boyer relieved P Moylan.||10||6|
|C Coste hit for C Condrey.||10||6|
|C Coste walked, R Ibanez scored, P Feliz to third, M Stairs to second.||10||7|
|J Rollins walked, P Feliz scored, M Stairs to third, C Coste to second.||10||8|
|J Campillo relieved B Boyer.||10||8|
|S Victorino singled to right, M Stairs scored, C Coste to third, J Rollins to second.||10||9|
|C Utley walked, C Coste scored, J Rollins to third, S Victorino to second.||10||10|
Four runs on walks. Incredible. If you're a Braves fan and you watched this game in its entirety...I apologize.
I think Bobby Cox summed it up best:
"I've never seen anything like it," Braves manager Bobby Cox said of the bullpen's meltdown. "I've seen a couple walk-ins, but never like that."And as you know by now, the Braves eventually lost the game, 12-11 because of their bullpen meltdown. What a tremendous and fun win for the Phillies and an agonizing and pathetic loss for the Braves.
After 3 games, the Braves bullpen looks very shaky and uneven right now, especially if Mike Gonzalez struggles as the Braves closer. This has got to be a major concern for Bobby Cox and Frank Wren right now.
Can Derek Lowe pitch out of the bullpen and start?