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Friday, July 31, 2009

Game 100: Rodrigo Lopez loses first game of series (58-42)

The Phils lost last night to the Giants, 7-2, in what could be Rodrigo Lopez's final start this year for the Phillies. He allowed 7 runs in 5 innings, but only 3 of those runs were earned. In addition, the second base umpire blew an easy call in the bottom of the first inning that led to 2 Giants runs (Carlos Ruiz threw a baserunner out at second, but he was incorrectly called safe - more proof that I am good enough to become a major league umpire). Either way, the Phils only scored two runs against LHP Jonathan Sanchez and the game was decided relatively early.

Shane Victorino missed the game due to a knee contusion, and new acquisition Ben Francisco went 1 for 4 with a double in his place. There's not much to say about Charlie Manuel's decisions last night, except for that he managed his bullpen decently despite a short start by Lopez. Kyle Kendrick and Tyler Walker eached pitched two innings in order to give the rest of the bullpen some rest heading into the final 3 games of the series.

Hopefully we'll see Victorino back in the lineup tonight: his injury does not seem too serious. Regardless, all eyes are on Phillies' LHP Cliff Lee, who makes his National League debut tonight at 10:15 pm against RHP Ryan Sadowski.

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