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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Game 75: Lidge blows save, Phils win (41-34)

The Phillies defeated the Reds tonight by a 9-6 score in 10 innings. The score was 6-3 with 2 outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the 9th, but Brad Lidge walked the next batter ln a 3-1 pitch literally right down the middle. The catcher dropped it, and CB Bucknor, voted the worst umpire in MLB by the players, called it a ball. A single and a 3-run homer later, game tied. They scored 3 runs in the top of the 10th, however, and JC Romero pitched a 1-2-3 10th to save the game for winning pitcher...Brad Lidge.

Charlie Manuel was ejected in the 10th for arguing balls and strikes. Good for him, for many reasons: the strike zone was bad all night; Bucknor missed an obvious call at first base last night that eliminated a Phils' scoring chance; and his argument left Reds pitcher Arthur Rhodes on the mound, possibly taking him out of his rhythm. The next pitch was Raul Inbanez's RBI double that gave the Phils the lead for good.

Manuel's only mistake tonight was a bad one, though. Greg Dobbs started and played third. Fine. But he batted second. Ibanez batted sixth. There is no reason why Ibanez should be in the bottom half of the lineup while Dobbs, who was cut from the team last week, bats second. Just drop Dobbs to 6 and move everyone else up. It's not a huge error, but it's an obvious one.

Tomorrow the Phils try to win their third consecutive series when Roy Halladay faces RHP Aaron Harang at 12:30 pm.

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