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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Game 136: Madson closes the game (78-58)

The Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals today, 5-3, despite Brad Lidge allowing 3 out of the first 4 batters in the ninth inning to reach base. Ryan Madson was called upon with 1 out and the bases loaded, and he retired the next two batters to earn the save.

I suppose many media outlets are going to praise Charlie Manuel's decision to remove Lidge from the 9th inning, even though he is (was?) "the closer." But, if you're more confident in Madson to work out of a bases-loaded jam than you are in Lidge, then why even allow Lidge to start the inning? If Madson allows a cheap, broken-bat bloop double, the game is over. Strange move by Manuel tonight. Hopefully either Madson or Brett Myers (who pitched 1 1/3 innings tonight) becomes the closer for good.

Chase Utley hit a home run off right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard tonight. Then, manager Jim Riggleman removed the righty so lefty Sean Burnett could face Ryan Howard. What is going through his mind when he allows the righty to face Utley even though he has a lefty warming up? How are these multi-million dollar teams managed so poorly? It's insane.

Tomorrow the Phils look to win the series when LHP Cliff Lee faces RHP Garrett Mock at 7:05 pm.

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