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Monday, July 28, 2008

Game 105: Phils allow 27 runs in three games, win series (56-49)

The Phils erased yet another big deficit en route to a victory, but Charlie Manuel did make a strange decision.

Manuel allowed Adam Eaton to stay in the game in the 4th inning after allowing two consecutive home runs and a double to a relief pitcher (allowing a 2-run deficit to increase to 5). Eaton then walked the Braves' leadoff man, but induced a double play (hard-hit, by the way) to the next batter to end the inning and keep the score at 5-0. Eaton had imploded even before the double allowed to Jo-Jo Reyes, but once that happens and the top of the order is coming up with only one out, why even leave him in? Manuel and Eaton got lucky that the double play ball was hit right at Rollins or the game would have been 6 or 7 or 8 to nothing, instead of only 5-0.

Manuel, once again, is bailed out. Let's hope his team keeps bailing him out or he starts making good decisions. My bet is on the former.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Mrs. Nature, for knocking out Braves starter Jorge Campillo. Not only did this allow the Phils to dodge the best healthy Braves starter, but it saved us from Chris Wheeler's fascination with Campillo's last name.