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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Game 7: Phils rally from behind to take home opener (6-1)

The day didn't start out too nicely on Monday, as Jimmy Rollins had to be replaced in the starting lineup after injuring his calf in the pre-game warm-ups. Jayson Werth also was injured on Monday. He left in the middle of the game due to a hip problem (not too serious).

Cole Hamels did not have the best outing in the world, as he gave up 4 ER in 5.2 IP. He only allowed 7 base runners, but did give up a 2-run double to the opposing pitcher. Not the worst start, but definitely much to be desired from the Phillies number 2.

Nevertheless, the Phils offense did what it does best, and rallied from behind (scored 7 runs in total), and carried the team to their first regular season win in CBP for 2010. Additionally, the bullpen went 3.1 IP and allowed just 1 runner to reach base. A very good day for Durbin, Contreras, Baez, and Madson out of the pen.

It was too late for Manuel to rearrange the order of the lineup when inserting Castro, but as it appears Rollins may find himself on the DL, it is extremely important that Manuel does not simply allow the SS to lead off for the sake of having the SS lead off. He has been known to not want to "disrupt the chemistry of the lineup" in the past. However, as I mentioned in a previous post, he already has screwed up the dynamic of the lineup by not having Rollins bat 7th, so please, Charlie, don't dig a deeper hole. It appears Mr. Musser spoke too soon about the Phillies lineup not having a black hole, as Juan Castro certainly is a terrible offensive player (career .602 OPS).

The Phillies look to take the 2nd game of the series tomorrow as RHP Kyle Kendrick faces RHP Craig Stammen.

P.S. Let's go Flyers and R.I.P. HK

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i guess it's too late to have bruntlett lead off for the next two weeks....

siiiggghhhh