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Game 160 Recap (9/26/11)

Written by Paddy McMahon on .

Phillies 4 (100-60), Braves 2 (89-81)

W: Cliff Lee
L: Cristhian Martinez
SV: Ryan Madson

HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Or however one spells gloom, frustration, and a crushing sense of futility. Which normally is 'Pittsburgh Pirates,' but, hey, special occasions.

I guess we weren't supposed to expect much, with Randall Delgado squaring off against Cliff Lee. But how can you not have hope that the team you've been rooting for all year can't pull off a win against their division rivals when the playoffs are on the line?

The problems here were several and systemic. No offense after the first two innings, where we saw a Chipper Jones home run. Runs allowed by each of Cristhian Martinez and Jonny Venters. Matt Diaz hitting for himself against righty Michael Stutes.  The team drawing one walk, and stranding nine runners. 

If I were to point out the single biggest factor in the loss, though, it'd be Chipper Jones. Which is weird to say about a guy who hit a home run, but he came up lame on a ground rule double, and then -- I'm assuming here, but come on, it's Chipper -- insisted to Fredi that he was good to stay in the game. And maybe the blame lies on Fredi for listening, but regardless: to describe Chipper's range as 'fall-down' at that point would be kind, and that alone cost the Braves a run: he was unable to get to a Shane Victorino grounder down the line, allowing the speedy Victorino to take second and then score on a subsequent single from Raul Ibanez. Then, batting with the runners on first and second, he hit a slow groundball that, because he was running like ... um, is there any metaphor more evocative for this than 'a 39-year old man with a lengthy history of leg injuries who is also running on one leg'? 

Really, the only saving grace for the Braves tonight is that the Astros are currently winning 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh, but ... it's the Astros. If your postseason fate depends on a team that's 55-104 and is also, let's not forget, the Astros, your plan and/or execution went slightly awry somewhere. You know, like if you were going to drive to the store and pick up groceries for dinner, only instead you spent 15 minutes trying to ram your car into the cart return, went to pay at the self checkout, couldn't figure out how to use it, pissed everyone off, and then got back to your car only to find out that all you managed to buy was Saltine crackers and artichoke hearts and also you can't drive your car now because it's impaled in the cart return. 

It's at this point in the metaphor that the car just explodes for, like, no good reason. Because I just looked it up and saw that Derek Lowe is starting tomorrow. So hey let's keep the masochism party going at 7:10 PM EDT tomorrow!
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congtysangoviet1
congtysangoviet1

If I were to point out the single biggest factor in the loss, though, it'd be Chipper Jones. Which is weird to say about http://bit.ly/benh-vien-tri-o-tphcm a guy who hit a home run, but he came up lame on a ground rule double, and then -- I'm assuming here, but come on, it's Chipper -- insisted to Fredi that he was good to stay in the game. And maybe the blame lies on Fredi for listening, but regardless: to describe Chipper's range as 'fall-down' at that point would be kind, and that alone cost the Braves a run: he was unable to get to a Shane Victorino grounder down the line, allowing the speedy Victorino to take second and then score on a subsequent single from Raul http://congtysangoviet.com/san-pham/bang-gia-san-go-inovar-hien-nay Ibanez. Then, batting with the runners on first and second, he hit a slow groundball that, because he was running like ... um, is there any metaphor more evocative for this than 'a 39-year old man with a lengthy history of leg injuries who is also running on one leg'? 


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