The Cubs and the Phillies are both bad teams. One was smart and sold excess assets at the trade deadline for a pile of young players and/or $ relief. The other one kept all the pieces that could have helped them start to rebuild. Maybe they are happy finishing 4th for a few more years. The smart team did not give up a 3 run bomb in the 9th inning. Tonight’s rank relief was a real tag team effort. Luis Garcia set ’em up and Justin De Fratus knocked ’em down. The saving grace here was a pick off throw that prevented a grand slam. Generally, and let me emphasize, generally it is not a good idea to walk 3 batters in a row in the 9th inning. If I had to pick one of these teams to be a fan of for the next five years, it would definitely not be the Phillies – who are holding on to Chase Utley and Cliff Lee like they are 3 games out of the wildcard.
The combined damage: 3 walks, 1 home run. the best part was who they gave the home run up to. D. Murphy. Daniel? No. David? no. Donnie. Donnie Murphy.