The Arizona Diamondbacks' relievers again provided no relief on Friday night .One game after Addison Reed, now the former closer, surrendered a game losing grand slam in the ninth inning of a 9-6 loss, the bullpen yielded three runs in the seventh inning of a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Nothing new there. The relievers began the night with a 4.45 ERA: 23rd in the major leagues.
The first reliever, Andrew Chafin, wriggled out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the sixth. The next three were not quite so fortunate.
Daniel Hudson gave up two hits to start the seventh. Oliver Perez wild-pitched the runners into scoring position, gave up a game-tying two-run single to Freddy Galvis and then failed to back up home plate on a wild throw home by center fielder A.J. Pollock after Galvis' hit.
"I made a mistake," Perez said. "I didn't cover home, and he got to third base."
That set the stage for Philadelphia pinch hitter Jeff Francoeur, who singled off the third pitcher of the inning, Enrique Burgos.
"The bullpen," manager Chip Hale said, "just didn't do it tonight."
The following is my rant on how the 'by-the-book-over-managing" Chip Hale helped blow the game and my money. I had wagered some hard earned retirement money on the D'backs (and yes, also knowing their BP had been atrocious all season but also knowing they were facing the weakest hitting team in basebal!!).
"Sorry Chip, but YOU also blew the game by Over Managing. Your starter had only thrown 103 pitches before he gave up a 2 out double to Ryan Howard in the 8th. Yes, I know Chip, the unwritten rule book says SP's can only throw 100 pitches and at 103 he was 3 OVER. And we both know Chip just how LOUSY your bullpen has been this season. So, of course you had to yank your SP and put your chances of holding the lead in jeopardy with your misfits in the BP. How else can you justify your salary if you don't try to Over Manage the game? Well, Sparky Anderson you are not.
Your first reliever Andrew Chafin got out of the 6th inning unscathed and the D'backs still had their 3-1 lead. BUT, then in the 7th, instead of leaving Chafin in the game (you mean a healthy male cannot pitch just one more inning???) you start YOUR parade of relief pitchers WHO AGAIN failed to do the job. All against the worst hitting team in MLB. Here is a vow: we will never play your team to win as a side bet.