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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Game 87: Manuel actually uses Romero correctly (47-40)

Cole Hamels pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings on Sunday, and the Phils were leading 1-0 heading into the 9th inning. Lefty Jay Bruce, who led off the 10th inning on Saturday with a double off Brad Lidge, was due up first for Cincinnati. Manuel chose to go with JC Romero instead.

Although Manuel is pretty thoughtless for not doing the same thing the day before, at least he got it right Sunday. Bruce struck out badly against Romero. Then, with two righties due up, Manuel used Lidge. He retired both easily for the save. If Manuel had done the same thing Saturday, the 10th inning would have likely been much easier for the Phils.

To the morons who booed Manuel's decision to not let Romero face the two righties, hopefully you enjoyed Jim Thome's home run a couple weeks ago.

Also, there were two fan interferences that worked against the Phillies. It is amazing how dumb some fans can be. Don't touch the ball unless it is going to help the team. Simple concept, but the jackasses who can afford the front row seats can't seem to grasp it.

The Phils head into the break with a 4.5 game deficit in the division, and 1.5 back in the wild card. If the left- and center-fielders decide to show up for at least part of the season, the Phils may actually play in October.

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