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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Game 113: A mistake-free night for Charlie (62-51)

Manuel made it through the night only using two relievers and neither are named Brad Lidge or J.C. Romero. Charlie actually decided to be creative, allowing Chad Durbin to bat for himself with two outs and runners in scoring position in the bottom of the 7th. The score was 5-0 at the time. Durbin ended up grounding out, but pitched two scoreless innings. Ryan Madson pitched the 9th, allowing Lidge and Romero to get another night off. At this point in the season, any time you can avoid using your two most important relievers, you jump at that chance. We have seen Manuel use his closer in 4, 5, 6, and even 7-run games, so it's nice to see Charlie realize that someone other than "the closer" can actually finish a game.

Now, it's a small step. The true victory will come when Manuel saves Lidge's arm and uses someone else in a 3-run game in the 9th inning (which has no business qualifying as a save situation).

Progress.

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