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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Game 69: Jimmy is back in a big way (37-32)

Kyle Kendrick got knocked around for 4 ER on 6 hits and 2 walks in 4 IP on Wednesday night. The Phillies also adequately got to the Indians starter including a solo shot from the bat of Jayson Werth, who went 3-3 with a walk in the game.

In the 8th inning of a tied game, Manuel used Chad Durbin to shut down the Indians, a good decision. Manuel brought Durbin back out to start the ninth when he promptly pulled his hamstring trying to field a bunt by Anderson Hernandez. Following that, Romero was brought into the game to again face the top of the Indians lineup (Crowe, Choo, and Santana: see below). He got out of the inning after giving the Indians a 6-5 lead.

Schneider led off the 9th with a walk against Kerry Wood. Manuel correctly inserted Valdez to pinch run. With 1 out, Wilson Valdez on second, and Jimmy Rollins at the plate, Kerry Wood threw at least one straight fastball before the count got to 1-1. I was immediately reminded of the Jimmy Rollins school of Jonathan Broxton that commenced last fall. Surely enough, the 1-1 pitch was another straight fastball that Rollins promptly deposited in the RF seats for his first walk-off home run of his career.

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