The Inning from Hell (.gifs)

The Phillies played their two worst games of the season to close out the weekend in Detroit. On Saturday, they were dominated by Max Scherzer and the Tiger offense, falling 10-0. Yesterday, the Phillies went out to an early 3-0 lead, but Jonathan Pettibone gave up three in the fifth before manager Charlie Manuel called upon his bullpen. The bottom of the sixth may have been not only the worst inning the Phillies have played this year, it may have been their worst of this millennium. They surrendered eight runs to the Tigers on two walks, three errors, and it was capped off by a Jhonny Peralta grand slam. Can you think of a worse inning?

If you missed it, or simply want to torture yourself by reliving the bottom of the sixth yesterday, I’ve captured the magic in .gif form. Those of you with slow computers may want to avoid clicking through.

Andy Dirks walks.

Alex Avila reaches on a force attempt, throwing error by pitcher Jake Diekman. Andy Dirks to 2nd.

Ramon Santiago singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Jake Diekman. Andy Dirks to 3rd. Alex Avila to 2nd.

Austin Jackson flies out to right fielder Laynce Nix.

Don Kelly hits a sacrifice fly. Fielding error by left fielder Steve Susdorf. Andy Dirks scores. Alex Avila to 3rd. Ramon Santiago to 2nd. Don Kelly to 1st.

Pitching Change: Luis Garcia replaces Jake Diekman.
Matt Tuiasosopo walks. Alex Avila scores. Ramon Santiago to 3rd. Don Kelly to 2nd.

Prince Fielder reaches on a force attempt, throwing error by first baseman Darin Ruf. Ramon Santiago scores. Don Kelly to 3rd. Hernan Perez to 2nd.

Victor Martinez walks. Don Kelly scores. Hernan Perez to 3rd. Prince Fielder to 2nd.

Coaching visit to mound.
Jhonny Peralta hits a grand slam (10) to left field. Hernan Perez scores. Prince Fielder scores. Victor Martinez scores.

Pitching Change: Antonio Bastardo replaces Luis Garcia.
Andy Dirks strikes out swinging.
Alex Avila called out on strikes.

The Phillies entered the inning 43.5 percent to win, according to Fangraphs. They exited with 0.4 percent odds.


Source: FanGraphs

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4 comments

  1. Dristone

    July 29, 2013 08:20 AM

    I don’t know whether to cry and rip my hair out or rejoice, because there is no way RAJ can believe he’s a buyer now. … So maybe both.

  2. LTG

    July 29, 2013 10:11 AM

    I wasn’t able to watch the game. Ugh. I think I should take up a new hobby. Water colors sounds fun.

  3. Pencilfish

    July 29, 2013 11:43 AM

    The BP was a major Achilles heel last year and again this year. That entire bunch outside of Pap and Bastardo was/is overmatched against ML hitters. Besides adding a few BP pieces in the next off-season, the Phillies need to evaluate if some of the current starters in the minors should be converted to middle relievers. That’s how KK got started many years ago. Maybe Eric can comment on whom may be a fit (Cloyd? Others?).

  4. Dan K.

    July 29, 2013 05:33 PM

    @ Pencilfish,

    Ethan Martin is about a year away from being converted to a RP due to control issues. Outside of him the only starters I can conceivably imagine being converted are Cloyd (because he can’t start in the majors), Wright (due to his splits, but he’s earned himself more time to iron things out if he truly has learned a new pitch), and maybe Perci Garner (he’s on his last legs in the organization), Mario Hollands, and David Buchanan. But none of them, outside of Martin, have the kind of stuff that would make you feel any better about the bullpen. It would be foolish to convert any of the prospects with legitimate out pitches to RP at this point, because that would cut their value drastically and by the time they reach the majors our BP woes could be a thing of the past anyways.

    Our best bet is to hope that Robles and Giles work out, Aumont and Diekman can harness their control, and De Fratus can figure out what he’s doing wrong at the major league level because he’s not learning anything from AAA at this point. Bullpen pitchers are a crap shoot, anyways, outside of the elite ones.

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