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Monday, May 10, 2010

Game 30: Blanton pitches well, but loses (18-12)

On Saturday afternoon, Joe Blanton pitched 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. It's a decent performance for Big Joe, but the Phils' offense was shut down by seven different Braves pitchers in the 4-1 loss.

Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz were given the day off against the RHP Kris Medlen, but when Brian Schneider went down with an injury in the 3rd inning, Ruiz had to play the remainder of the game. Greg Dobbs played third while Placido Polanco played second. However, Dobbs batted second in the lineup, with Polanco in the 3-hole and Raul Ibanez batting sixth. Ibanez is FAR superior to Dobbs, so why is he hitting 6th while Dobbs got to bat in one of the most important positions in the lineup? Charlie Manuel should have placed Dobbs in the 6-hole ahead of the catcher and shortsop, with Polanco in the 2-hole, Howard 3, Werth 4, and Ibanez 5. Greg Dobbs was batting way too early in the lineup, and his 0 for 3 performance was a big reason why the Phils lost. Not Manuel's best decision.

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