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Phillies take lead as Reds melt down in epic fashion

Oct 8, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

Well, that bottom of the seventh inning was probably one of the worst meltdowns I have seen in quite some time. And this is coming from a Mets fan. The Phillies now lead the Reds 6-4 in the eighth inning.

It all started when Chase Utley reached first base on a questionable HBP against Aroldis Chapman. The replays were pretty darn inconclusive, but you’d think Utley would have reacted a bit more had hit actually been hit by a 102 mph fastball. Maybe his life was just flashing before his eyes or something. Either way, he reached first base.

After Chapman fanned Ryan Howard for the first out, Jayson Werth hit a ground ball to third, which should have been thrown to first for the second out, but Scott Rolen decided to throw to second, instead. Again, replays were inconclusive, but Utley was ruled safe at second base.

Then, things went completely haywire. Jimmy Rollins hit a flyball to right field and Jay Bruce completely lost it in the lights, or more likely, the sea of white towels being waved at Citizens Bank Park. If that wasn’t bad enough, Brandon Phillips dropped the cut-off throw, allowing two runs to score. And to complete the trifecta of “I just don’t know,” it sure looked like Utley may have missed third base.

In summary, the Phillies have scored six runs thanks to six hits, four errors, four walks and three hit-by-pitches. Five of their six runs are unearned. The Reds are basically saying, “here, you can have it.”  

  1. Route36West - Oct 8, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Yea Chapman was going to be the guy who shut the Phillies down. I think I read that somewhere.

  2. Florioisanidiot1 - Oct 9, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    you missed the part where Utley also ran out of the baselines heading from 2nd to 3rd.

  3. maninblack59 - Oct 9, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    the Philly’s just have to show up, the Reds will beat thier self, can’t catch or throw and they look bad doing it, They look out of place or mabe just not where they want to be

  4. Florioisanidiot1 - Oct 9, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    I think its their inexperience catching up to them. Reds have 5 rookies on their post season roster, and 2 others who might as well be rookies based on playing experience. That doesn’t include rookie Mike Leake, who was their best pitcher the first half of the season. Only I think 6 guys with playoff experience.
    Reds were built for next year. They kind of surprised people this year. Most of their core is very young.
    Unless Arroyo comes back, Volquez will be the oldest starter next year, at only 27. Other 4 will be 25 or younger.

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