What??? You ask? Adam Everett hit a ball to Tal’s Hill, shocking everyone on the Reds as well as the entire crowd, driving in Biggio. He actually beat the tag for an inside the parker, but the ump blew the call, as his vision was obstructed. Adam made an AWESOME freaking slide and Moeller missed the tag. It is really too bad because that blown call cost us the ballgame.
And WHERE, may I ask, was Phil? He should have been out there going all Lou Pinella – I mean how Lou used to be before the Cubs tired him out. Yeh he would have gotten tossed – maybe Cecil would have done a better job… But at least he NEEDED to raise a ruckus, SOME kind of emotion – it looks as if he’s not supporting his team. You KNOW Bobby Cox/TLR would have been out there at the second the out call was made.
And the Astros got exactly FOUR hits off the very worst pitching in the NL. Three of the hits from whippng boys Everett, Ensberg and Biggio. Carlos Lee grounded into a double play with bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th to end the game. Fan faves Loretta and Pence were ofer.
Berkman is looking worse with every AB – he is missing fat ones down the middle, swinging late on pitches he used to crush. This is SAD.
Jason Jennings started off VERY shakily – single, walk, 6-4-3 GIDP, walk, groundout. 28 pitches, 16 balls. I thought omigawd, but he straightened himself out and pitched 4 more very good innings giving up no runs. For some reason, Phil pulled him after 5 innings, just 79 pitches, sending Orlando Useless Palmeiro up to get an out. Pretty stupid – Jennings is a better hitter.
When I saw Rick White walk out to the mound to start the 6th, I looked at Husband and he looked at me and I said – Phil just WON’T learn. Goodbye game. Sure enough, White gives up a double, then a single without getting an out. He gets pulled for Trever Miller, who walks Griffey. Peachy. Now we have bases loaded and so he calls Lidge who gets a K, a RBI sac-fly and a foulout. Game tied.
And the media insists that Phil is doing a good job.
I still can’t believe they actually thought they could make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear with Rick White.
And I’m not even going to talk about his pinch hitting Lane instead of Luke Scott against a lefty pitcher when Scott hits leftys better than Lane. Phil and his indefensible lefty-righty obsession.
Sigh. He had a good pitcher, McLemore, who sat in an unmoving, unused blob in the dugout all road trip because Phil wouldn’t use him. They sent him down this morning after wasting a week of his time and making him miss a start for – WHY??? Then they had a chance to make some needed changes, such as getting rid of Palmeiro and Moehler and bringing up basically ANY minor league hitter, who HAS to be better than Palmeiro and bringing Randolph back up. As well as either releasing White or putting him back on the DL.
I understand that Phil thinks that Palmeiro is – now what were his words in his interview on 790 – Palmeiro is one the best hitters ever – just a classic hitter. I can’t put it in quotes because I was too shocked, but that is about what he said.
Serious changes need to be made and I do NOT mean releasing Adam Everett – he’s too valuable, Mendoza Line and all.