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Friday, August 13, 2010

Game 115: Manuel uses two worst pinch hitting options, confused about shutout (64-51)

Well, it was another complete game loss for the Phils' pitching staff. Cole Hamels allowed one run in 8 innings, and that run was because of a ball that Victorino misjudged in center. It should have been 0-0 heading into the bottom of the 9th.

When Wilson Valdez was due up in the 8th inning, Manuel pinch hit for him. Great! But he used a lefty, Greg Dobbs (who is awful), against R.A. Dickey. Dickey has much, much better numbers against lefties despite the fact that he is righthanded. That's not unusual for a knuckleballer, yet Manuel dropped the ball on that one. Dobbs did nothing.

The 9th inning started with the pitcher's spot. Again, with Carlos Ruiz and Ben Francisco still available, Manuel decided to go with a lefty. This time, it was a AAA player in Domonic Brown. He hit a weak one-hopper to short for the first out. Bad.

Manuel has to start looking at these split statistics (eg, Romero never facing righties). It doesn't seem like it's going to happen, though.

The Braves are winning, so it looks like they'll be 3 back in the division. Go Padres.

Roy Halladay faces LHP Pat Misch at 7:10 pm tomorrow.

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