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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Game 61: Phils manage to avoid sweep in Boston (32-29)

On Sunday afternoon, the Phils defeated the Red Sox 5-3 despite some suspect managing by Charlie Manuel in the 9th inning.

Aside from allowing Raul Ibanez to play the outfield instead of the faster Ben Francisco, Manuel allowed J.C. Romero to face a righty in the 9th inning when it was completely avoidable. With a 4-run lead entering the bottom of the 9th, Romero faced David Ortiz. Fine. After Ortiz doubled, RHB Mike Lowell, who owns an .845 OPS against lefties opposed to a .797 against righties, was allowed to face Romero. Thankfully, Romero retired Lowell but then allowed lefty JD Drew to reach base. Romero should rarely face more than one hitter, and he should never face a righty. If it was so important for Manuel to have both Boston lefties face LHPs, then he could have used Antonio Bastardo as well as Chad Durbin. Then, after the lefties, insert Lidge just like he did. It was inefficient managing, especially with the day off after the game. Lidge, however, shut the door in the 9th to allow Manuel to escape any second-guessing.

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