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Monday, June 7, 2010

Game 55: Manuel manages backwards in Phils loss (30-25)

The Phils lost in extra innings yesterday to the Padres, 6-5. Charlie Manuel made no real mistakes until the bottom of the 9th inning, when the game was tied at 5.

With Brian Schneider on first base and two outs, Manuel removed hitter Juan Castro out of the game in favor of Ben Francisco. Good move. Carlos Ruiz was on deck to pinch-hit for the pitcher. Also a good move. At this point, the only other bench player left was Wilson Valdez, who would have to replace Castro at shortstop in the tenth inning. Schneider is one of the slowest players on the team, yet Manuel decided to keep him on the bases for Francisco's at-bat. Francisco singled to move Schneider to third base. THEN Manuel pinch runs for Schneider, putting Valdez in. This is crazy. Valdez was going into the game either way, so it's not like Manuel was trying to keep his bench from emptying. If he'd used Valdez initially, Valdez could have stolen a base and scored on Francisco's single. Bad managing.

Furthermore, once Schneider gets to third base, why even pinch-run for him? Once you do that, then Ruiz has to stay in the game in the 9th position, and the pitcher would move into the 7th slot. This means in a long extra inning game, the pitcher is going to bat two spots earlier. Schneider is going to score from third base on virtually any play on which Valdez can also score. Bad managing.

It's too bad Valdez was not inserted immediately for Schneider; the game could have turned out differently.

Tonight the Phils try to take 3 out of 4 from San Diego when LHP Cole Hamels faces LHP Wade LeBlanc at 7:05 pm.

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