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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Game 13: A brutal way to lose (8-5)

The Phils had a 3-0 lead with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth inning tonight with only a runner on first. Troy Glaus was at the plate and homered off Ryan Madson to cut it to 3-2. Jason Heyward then tied the game with a home run to force extras. The Phils went 1-2-3 in the 10th, and Jose Contreras allowed a lead-off home run to Nate McLouth in the 10th to end it.

Kyle Kendrick allowed zero runs on only 4 hits through 8 innings. Manuel pinch-hit for him with 1 out in the 9th and the bases empty. Kendrick had 108 pitches through 8 innings, but I don't think this is the only reason he was not allowed to finish the game.

In the 9th inning, the Braves had Martin Prado, Chipper Jones, and Brian McCann due up. Those players were a combined 4 for 8 off Kendrick with a walk on the night. Since Kendrick dominated everyone except these three, I do not think it is fair to blame the 3-run ninth inning on Manuel.

However, Danys Baez was a better option for the 10th inning than Contreras. He is much younger, he has a better career WHIP (1.31 to 1.36), and he's coming off a significantly better year than Contreras. Yes, Baez has gotten off to a slow start -- but it's game 13.

The Braves are now tied for first with the Phils.

Tomorrow night RHP Roy Halladay takes on RHP Tim Hudson at 7:05 pm. Go Habs.


Henry Rowengartner said...

Maybe instead of trading Lee for a bunch of long-shots the Phillies could have tried to address their major weakness from last year by acquiring a proven, reliable reliever.

Right know we have none. And if Amaro is seriously counting on Lidge to be the savior then he's even dumber than I thought.

Anonymous said...

Why take Kendrick out? Blanton's return is imminent, which means pitch count should not have entered into the decision. Although the next three hitters were 4 for 8 of of him, why not ride the hot hand?

Danny Baez for closer

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