I want to blame this loss on Terry Collins so badly. Here’s why. Bobby Parnell walks Pedro Florimon. Michael Morse reaches on an error, by Parnell. First and third, no outs. Double play and a run in isn’t terrible, so I can understand Collins giving Parnell one more batter. Parnell then gives up a run-scoring single to Gregory Polanco, before finally recording an out when Starling Marte popped up. Sean Rodriguez moved over to third on the fly out. Parnell should be out of the game here. I understand that Hansel Robles and Sean Gilmartin were unavailable, but Parnell clearly didn’t have it today. Collins proceeds to the let Parnell stay in after a passed ball that allowed Rodriguez to score, and walk the aptly named Neil Walker. Then……….Parnell gives up a hit to Aramis Ramirez, which only scored one run due to the play that got Walker at home. Parnell at that point had faced six batters, allowed two walks, two hits, committed an error, participated in a passed ball, and allowed three runs to score. I didn’t get to watch this game, so I hope to anything holy that there was some weird set of circumstances that forced Collins to keep Parnell in that long. Because if it was simply a decision he made based on observation, that is the definition of bad management.
That being said, this was a failed weekend due to average overall pitching, and below average offense. This weekend sure was a statement, but in the wrong category.