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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Game 36: Phils sweep 4-game set (20-16)

Despite the Nationals revealing CHP's true colors, the Phils managed to squeeze out a win to complete the sweep in D.C.

Manuel went with Taschner in the 2nd inning after the Nats pulled ahead 4-3 with the bases loaded. Charlie is very lucky Taschner only hit one batter to force in another run. He pitched well better than should be expected, and the move to go to the weak lefty is questionable. He could have used Happ who pitched 2 innings on Friday. I think anyone except Taschner (maybe even Escalona) would be acceptable. The message I take from seeing Taschner in that type of game is that Manuel gives up. Hey, the Phils won though.

Everything else (pitching-wise) was pretty much alright. Manuel wanted to avoid using Madson after using him unnecessarily yesterday. I thought it was a very good improvement to see Eyre pitch to the first two batters in the 9th since they were both LHB.

One glaring mistake in this game that worked out well was the bunt by Pedro Feliz. In that situation the run expectancy is higher with runners on 1st and 2nd with 0 outs than with 2nd and 3rd with 1 out.

After winning all 4 this weekend, I am willing to give the Phillies a break from games tomorrow.

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