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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Game 2: Howard hits number two (2-0)

Cole Hamels lasted only 5 innings last night, but picked up the victory in an 8-4 win. He allowed two earned runs through 5 innings, but he walked four. Not a terrible first start for Hamels.

Everybody in the lineup reached base while the Phillies put up another big offensive performance. There's nothing to analyze about Manuel's decisions just yet (except for Rollins in the lineup). The bullpen did a nice job to close it down, especially Ryan Madson, who earned the save by getting four outs on only thirteen pitches. Manuel made a good decision when allowed Cole Hamels to swing away in a possible sacrifice scenario, and Hamels responded with an RBI single to earn a 3-2 lead.

Thursday at 4:35, the Phils go for the sweep as RHP Kyle Kendrick takes on RHP Craig Stammen.

1 comment:

Henry Rowengartner said...

A four-out save! How refreshing. Especially with Madson, who always seems more comfortable pitching in the 8th than the 9th, I think it can be very effective bringing him in in the 8th inning and letting him get in a groove before the 9th.

Hamels' curveball and sinker were atrocious. If they are the only new pitches he's got we're in for a world of trouble. What are the chances of re-trading for Lee at the trade deadline?