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Friday, July 30, 2010

Game 102: Phils win 8th in a row (56-46)

Yesterday, the Phils won their 8th straight game, pulled withing 1.5 games of a playoff spot, and picked up Roy Oswalt for J.A. Happ. Not bad. Kyle Kendrick pitched 6 and 1/3 innings of a 1-run ball, and the bullpen got some help from two double-play balls with runners on third base and one out. Also not bad. They hung onto a 3-2 victory in 11 innings. This was perhaps the game they deserved to lose the most out of the previous 8.

Charlie Manuel actually managed very well last night, failing to go straight to Brad Lidge with a 1-run lead in the ninth inning. He used Ryan Madson to face a righty to start the inning, then used JC Romero for the next four batters (three were lefties and he intentionally walked the only righty). Madson unfortunately allowed his batter to reach base, but Romero is better against lefties than Lidge is. It was the right move. Also, this allowed Lidge to pitch a scoreless 10th inning. Jose Contreras pitched the 11th for the victory.

The Phils go to DC tonight when Roy Oswalt faces RHP Craig Stammen at 7:05 pm.

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