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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Game 96: Phils win series over Cards (56-40)

Joe Blanton pitched 8 strong innings as the Phillies defeated the Cardinals, 9-2, as Charlie Manuel stacked the lineup with lefties. Pedro Feliz and Joe Blanton were the only RHB in today's lineup against RHP Todd Wellemeyer.

Although Manuel had 4 straight left-handed batters in the lineup, I think it was a good move considering that Wellemeyer is much stronger against RHB. Greg Dobbs was the only Phils' lefty to not start in today's game.

The Phils built their lead with four 2-run homers from Rollins, Utley, Howard, and Ibanez. Manuel went to Brad Lidge for the 9th inning, despite the large lead. Lidge had not pitched in the previous three games, so I don't mind his appearance (especially since his ERA is 7.00: he certainly needs some work for his confidence). Lidge allowed one baserunner and zero runs in his appearance.

The Phils head out west for two series: three games in Arizona and four games in San Francisco. The Giants are a possible first-round playoff opponent, so that series will certainly be interesting. They do not have a travel off-day, as they will face the D-backs in game one tomorrow night at 9:40 pm when LHP Jamie Moyer faces RHP Jon Garland.

1 comment:

Scott Graham said...

My stance has changed. If the Jays are prepared to move Halladay, it is completely unacceptable for our organization to let him go anywhere else. If it comes down to it, we must give them whatever they want (obviously within reason). I truly believe we cannot pass up the opportunity should the Blue Jays choose to trade him.