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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Game 98: This is more like it (53-45)

This is what I was saying. Today, Kendrick allowed 13 base runners (10 H, 1 BB, 2 HBP) in 4 1/3 innings pitched. It's hard to dodge bullets as often as he does, and today it caught up to him. However, Manuel shouldn't be without blame today. Seanez came in to pitch in the 7th inning. While he was struggling immensely (19 balls 15 strikes in the inning), Manuel refused to bring in ANYONE when it was quite obvious that today would just not be his day. If not even sooner, at least bring in someone new (Madson possibly) to pitch with the bases loaded. Up to the point where Cantu swung at a possible ball (2-0 count), Seanez had thrown 8 balls in a row. This is kind of a problem, and should have been a clue to give him the hook.