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He looks like anybody you see on the street. But when he grins, birds fall dead off telephone lines. When he looks at you a certain way, your prostate goes bad and your urine burns. The grass yellows up and dies where he spits. He’s always outside. He came out of time. He doesn’t know himself. He has the name of a thousand demons. Jesus knocked him into a herd of pigs once. His name is Legion.
Stephen King - The Stand
It just seems right somehow that Chipper Jones found a way to stomp on the Phillies one last time in Atlanta before shuffling off this redneck coil, capping a big five run ninth inning with a three run walk-off home run, as the Braves overcame Phillies leads of 5-0 and 7-1 to beat the Phillies 8-7 and prevent the three game sweep.
The Phillies scored five times in the first and a two run double from Ryan Howard, and a three run double from Erik Kratz. They would score again in the third on a two run, bases loaded RBI double from starter Cole Hamels, after Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez walked number eight hitter Michael Martinez to face him. Really. And he got a win out of the game tonight!
Unfortunately, the Phillies would fail to score again, which turned out to be kind of costly. Hamels would allow three runs in six innings, striking out six and walking two. Not a sterling outing, but it should have been good enough.
Until the bullpen. The bullpen! And some iffy defense from Kevin Frandsen in the ninth brought the whole goddamn thing down.
And a walkoff blast from the Author of All Lies, Chipper Jones himself, off Jonathan Papelbon, the greatest investment.
I'm becoming more and more certain that Papelbon was sent here from outer space to test us all.
Gamegraph of Cosmic Dread below.