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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Game 106: Halladay's arm, offense lead to win (58-48)

The Phils won a rather easy game tonight, 6-1, thanks to Roy Halladay's 7 strong innings and his two-out, two-run single in the top of the 4th inning. Charlie Manuel's lineup tonight was actually one of his best of the season: it was the first game of the year where Carlos Ruiz batted higher than the 7-hole. Manuel finally realized to not bat him behind Cody Ransom. Ruiz paid him back with 4 hits, one of which was a two-out RBI single. He should not bat lower than 6th the rest of the year, but he will.

Manuel, despite a five-run lead in the 8th inning, used Chad Durbin to pitch the final two innings. This may mean he is unavailable for tomorrow. Manuel probably should have used David Herndon and Danys Baez for the 8th and 9th, but it is clear that he has absolutely no confidence in them. It is just as much Manuel's problem that Durbin pitched two unnecessary innings as it is Amaro's. Nelson Figueroa and Vance Worley/Andrew Carpenter should be in the bullpen in place of Herndon and Baez, but Amaro is fixed on keeping both of them. Herndon should have pitched the 8th and 9th, and once he got into trouble, then bring in Durbin. Hopefully this does not backfire tomorrow or Thursday.

The Phillies are two games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place, and 3.5 behind the Giants for the Wild Card (assuming the Rockies make no comeback tonight).

Kyle Kendrick faces RHP Anibal Sanchez at 7:10 pm tomorrow.

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