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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Game 60: Rain delay causes big first inning for Sox (35-25)

I was surprised that the umpires allowed the game to start and continue for an inning in heavy rain. They pulled the tarps out for a significant delay, and upon the game starting up again, Bastardo was not pitching.

The rain delay caused the Phils already taxed bullpen to undergo 8 innings of work last night. Durbin ate up the bulk of it, throwing 3 scoreless innings.

Manuel had the lineup set up perfectly so that Okajima could pitch to the bulk of the Phillies lineup. He went 2 innings, and cruised through the first 5 hitters (Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, and Ibanez), but then ran into the lefty masher Jayson Werth who hit a solo home run. Maybe if Jayson batted between the lefties, the other manager would actually have to do some thinking because as we have seen so far this season, most opposing managers understand the threat Werth poses to lefties.

This game was lost in the first inning after a series of errors and a rain delay.

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