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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Game 97: Phils win 1st game of roadtrip (57-40)

The Phillies beat the Diamondbacks tonight behind some offensive spurts and the defensive shortcomings of Arizona.

Moyer worked his way into and out of trouble for the first three innings of tonight's game. After that, he seemed to use his strengths to get the young players of Arizona to get themselves out with fly balls and strikeouts.

Manuel used the 3 lefties in a row again. He also used Paul Bako instead of Ruiz. Usually I would be against these things, but Jon Garland isn't nearly as good against LHBs as he is against RHBs. The heart of the Phillies lineup got most of the action started with hits and intelligent baserunning. The Diamondbacks defense is as bad as advertised, and also played a part in the Phillies tacking on their last couple runs.

Chan Ho Park was brought in to pitch to Justin Upton in the 7th with 2 men on and 2 outs. He was lifted after retiring just Upton when the bases were loaded for the pitcher's spot in the Phillies half of the inning. The score at the time was 6-0. Pretty much the definition of a sure thing. The Diamondbacks would need to score 6 runs with 6 outs remaining. I do not think the use of Eric Bruntlett to possible tack on a couple extra runs is worth wasting a pitcher in this situation. I would probably have more faith in Park getting the run in than Bruntlett.

As it was, Madson came in to pitch the 8th up 6 runs. Obviously not a pressing situation for him. He gave up 2 runs in a pointless appearance. Lidge then pitched the 9th (1-2-3 inning) for his second pointless appearance in as many days. He does need work, but not two days in a row.

Please bring me Halladay. The Phils can't let him go somewhere else. Does anyone remember the Curt Schilling trade in 2001? I think the reason they used that Stump the Fans question tonight was to send a message. Schilling for Padilla, Travis Lee, Omar Daal, and Nelson Figueroa. Padilla has been an average major leaguer at best. Nothing special was gained from the "prospects". GET THE DEAL DONE.

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