Team Trainwreck Can’t Hold the Lead

Team Trainwreck can’t hold the lead, 13-12. The Philadelphia Phillies jumped out to a 5-0 lead off a Travis Jankowski 3 run shot followed by a solo Bryce Harper homer and an RBI single from Vince Velasquez. It appeared with 4 innings in the books, the Phillies would breeze in this one.

Blown Leads

Not so fast Mister! Starlin Castro (3 for 4 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and 3 RBI) jump-started a Washington rally with an RBI single. Victor Robles was credited with a single when Brad Miller played Sam the Meatman and butchered a pop-up that made it 5-2. Kyle Scherzer connected on a three-shot to even the playing field at 5-5.

Andrew McCutchen broke the tie with a pinch-hit grand slam that regained the lead,  9-5. The Nats were far from finished and Trea Turner made it a 9-7 game in the 6th inning. Josh Bell nailed a grand slam of his own to make it an 11-9 Washington lead. Luke Williams cutting it to 11-10 with a single. Alec Bohm (4 for 5) would knot it up at 11 and Ronald Torreyes pushed it to 12-11.

Onto the ninth and everyone sensed doom as Hector Neris walked to the mound. Two singles and a sac bunt later, Castro knocked in a pair and Joe Girardi’s favorite closer picked up his 5th blown save in 15 tries. Once again, history was made with each team hitting a three-run and grand slam homer in Major League history.

Once again, analytics Joe struck again. Velasquez only went 4 and 1/3 innings allowing 3 hits, 4 runs with 2 free passes while whiffing 5. Once again, it became “Mystery Reliever Enter and Sign In Please.”  Archie Bradley, Sam Coonrod, David Hale, Jose Alvarado, and Batting Practice  Hector Neris all signed it. Coonrod and Hale were inefficient with a combined 2 innings with 6 earned runs, 4 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Team Trainwreck can’t hold the lead again.

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