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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Game 147: Comeback falls short (86-61)

Saturday night, the Phils lost to the Braves by a score of 6-4 after a furious 9th inning rally. Pedro Martinez left the game early with a neck injury while trailing 3-0, and Chad Durbin was responsible for the final 3 runs while pitching 2 2/3 innings out of the pen.

Durbin is not the ideal long man out of the bullpen, but since Clay Condrey just recently returned from his injury and Jamie Moyer is slated to start the second game of the Marlins' series, Manuel's options were limited. No complaints about Durbin's replacing Martinez.

Manuel decided to start Ben Francisco against RHP Javier Vazquez, which was due to Shane Victorino's "flu-like symptoms." Vazquez is pretty strong against RHB, and Francisco was only 1 for 5 on the night. In addition, Manuel's pinch-hitting moves in the 9th were sound.

Sergio Escalona and Condrey pitched a combined 2 1/3 innings, providing the core of the bullpen some rest as the season winds down. Hopefully Pedro is okay and can make his next scheduled start on Friday night.

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