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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Game 148: Bats strike early, Phils cruise (87-61)

The Phillies are now 26 games over .500 and still 3 games up on the braves in the NL East standings.

The Phillies offense put up a huge "crooked number" in the first inning as they tallied 6 runs. The game was essentially over after this point, and Manuel was right to remove Oswalt after the 6th. His pitch count was decently high, and in my opinion there was no imminent threat of a comeback. Manuel used Durbin, Contreras, and Romero to seal the win.

One thing I really didn't like was seeing Madson warming up in the 8th when the first two batters reached base against Contreras. He continued to throw through the bottom of the 8th as if he were going to come into the game. I wouldn't have been surprised, but I would have been furious, if Manuel decided to go to Madson had Ruiz not hit the 2-run homer in the 8th. There would have been no reason to use Madson. He is easily the best, most consistent arm in the pen, and we will need him in the important games in the near future (Braves and playoffs).

Kyle Kendrick gets the start this afternoon against RHP Jordan Zimmerman.

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