Baseball can be infuriating. Baseball’s best closer/highest paid reliever of all time gave up a game winning home run to a guy who has never hit a baseball with a bat in the major leagues. Luckily, I managed not to throw my television out the window and even avoided making a fool of myself in front of my wife by banging shit around like a toddler who didn’t get his way.
This one started out so well. The offense scored two runs in the first two innings and had Jonathan Niese’s pitch count up near 100 pretty early in the ball game. Roy Halladay looked like he put last games abomination behind him and was shutting the Mets out through six innings. The Mets tied the game with two outs in the sixth on a David Wright double down the line causing my first expletive laced outburst of the game.
The Phillies had opportunities to go ahead in the seventh and eighth innings. In both instances they had men on third with less than two outs. In the seventh Hunter Pence managed to hit into a double play with the bases loaded and in the eighth, Freddy Galvis failed to hit a fly ball and Ty Wigginton proved that he is a lumbering oaf who can not slide properly by getting thrown out at the plate giving me a second opportunity to shout at the television.
All this set the stage for some guy who I have never heard of hitting a home run off of Jonathan Papelbon. It also reminded me that Papelbon takes FOREVER to throw the ball. This is a tough one to swallow, but hopefully new staff ace Joe Blanton can shut down the Mets tomorrow. 5-2 loss for the Phillies.