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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Game 34: Phils win front-end of doubleheader (18-16)

The Phillies were leading this afternoon's game 8-2 heading into the 8th inning. Ryan Madson pitched 1 1/3 innings last night AND there is another game tonight, BUT Charlie Manuel felt that the 8-2 lead against the last-place Nationals was too close for Clay Condrey (who has pitched in many close games this year).

Ryan Madson pitched the 8th inning and gave up 3 runs. Somehow, the Phillies were still able to win the game.

Other than using Madson for the second time in 18 hours in a 6-run game for no reason, with another game starting in 6 hours, Manuel made no mistakes in the opening game of today's doubleheader. If Madson is unused in tonight's game and the bullpen blows it, blame Manuel.

The Phils are currently leading 3-1 in the bottom of the 3rd. Hopefully, Andrew Carpenter can win his first Major League start.

1 comment:

Scott Graham said...

The use of Madson here is a huge deal even though it managed to work out at the end of the day. There is a reason why good pitchers should only be used in close games (especially when said pitcher doesn't need "work"). Clay Condrey/ Jack Taschner are perfect pitchers to use in a 6 run game. Here's why.

These two guys are going to give it their all no matter the score of the game. They're playing for a spot on a major league roster. Their performance really matters. When Ryan Madson is called into a 6 run game, there is no real extra motivation. He could even contemplate going out and experimenting with different pitches/locations. Not a good situation. Don't waste a good arm in a harmless situation. Only bad things can happen.