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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Game 130: Manuel ensures Ryan Madson is unavailable tomorrow (73-57)

Cole Hamels went 8 innings today after it seemed like he would probably only last 5 or 6. His pitch count got dangerously high very fast, but he ended up only allowing 4 baserunners and no runs through 8.

Mr. Musser and I were enraged today in the 3rd inning with Hamels at the plate. The count was 2-0 when a Clayton Richard pickoff attempt went awry. Ruiz went down to second, obviously taking the sac bunt off the table with 1 out and no force play possible. At this point, with the pitcher throwing 2 balls to a batter trying to give himself up and then committing a throwing error, a sensible human being would give the PITCHER a take sign until the pitcher proved he was calm. However, Manuel is not a sensible human being. Hamels swung at two consecutive pitches that should have been taken for high balls. More on Manuels' lack of logic later.

Later: Manuel decided to not let Cole Hamels go for the complete game. Fine. However, I erupted from my seat in front of the television when the cameras flashed to the Phillies bullpen in the top of the 9th. With the score 4-0, Ryan Madson was up and throwing. He had pitched Friday and Saturday, and apparently was needed in a 4 run game. Werth then hit a homer extending the lead to 5. Still a close game? Ryan Madson was used to pitch the 9th. He will almost definitely be unavailable in tomorrow's game. I honestly believe I could have pitched the 9th inning up 5 runs, and probably not give up 5 runs. It's a very hard thing to do, even for Dannys Baez or David Herndon.

Something of note: The Phillies first four batters (Rollins, Victorino, Polanco, and Utley) averaged slightly under 3 pitches/PA (45 pitches in 16 PAs). Gross.

The Phillies did complete a sweep of the NL leading team this weekend. Hopefully their winning ways continue tomorrow when Roy Halladay faces Hiroki Kuroda. If the score is close in the 8th and 9th inning, and Ryan Madson isn't available. I'll be as angry as this guy was.

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