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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Game 62: Terrible base running bails out Manuel, Phils lose anyway (36-26)

It is extremely important this series for Charlie Manuel to split up the 3 lefties. The Blue Jays have numerous adequate lefties to get out our best hitters. He did a good job tonight as the lefty hammerer Werth gave the Phils a 3-2 lead with a 2-run HR in the 6th.

While the lineup decisions were good by Manuel (I can't give him too much credit because he just rolls this lineup out there whenever there is a lefty on the mound. I will be impressed when it happens with RHP), it appears that he will simply treat J.C. Romero as his automatic 8th inning set-up man until Lidge comes back. This cannot happen. He came into the game tonight with no threat of ANY left handed batter due up. The Blue Jays had 1 left-handed batter in their starting lineup. JC probably should have seen no action at all tonight. However, he goes out in the top of the 8th with Alex Rios, Kevin Millar, and Rod Barajas due up. Romero wildly walked the first two, and then got Rod Barajas to pop-up to Rollins. Romero then walked Jose Bautista the Jays' right-handed pinch hitter which loaded the bases. Marco Scutaro smoked a ball into the gap in left-center, and due to an embarassing baserunning gaffe on the part of Alex Rios, no runners scored after Ibanez made the grab. At the time the ball was caught, Rios was no more than 3 strides from third base. Without a doubt, Rios should be tagging on the play. However, if you are dumb enough not to tag, at least be somewhere about halfway down the line (sarcasm). What a joke. Romero retired the 6th righty to get out of the inning unscathed.

ROMERO CANNOT FACE RIGHTIES. He's the man, yes. His wife seems cool. He stinks when RHBs stand at the plate.

Madson blew his first save in the 9th by walking in the tying run on a full count. Condrey had a rough outing, and Tyler Walker allowed a few of his runners to score.

Tyler Walker had a 1.27 WHIP in 2008 despite having a sub-par ERA. Not a bad call up. He allowed 11 runners in 19.1 innings this year in AAA, and our bullpen badly needs rest. Of course, the Phils head to extras for the 4th time in 7 days. One of those other 3 days included a rain delay that did not permit Bastardo to return after 1 IP.

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