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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

NLCS Game 4: Manuel gives game away (1-3)

The Phils lost tonight, 6-5; they're now down 3-1 in the series.

They were winning, 4-2, in the bottom of the 5th inning with a man on second and two outs. Aubrey Huff was the batter with Antonio Bastardo warmed in the bullpen. Huff, who hits righties better than lefties, got a base hit against Joe Blanton to cut the lead to 4-3. THEN MANUEL DECIDED TO REMOVE BLANTON.

If Blanton is down to his last batter, what possible reason would you have to let Blanton give a run away? Absurd. The Phils have two lefties in the bullpen for exactly this reason; yet Manuel decided Blanton vs. Huff was better than Bastardo versus Huff. That's one run Manuel gave away.

In the next inning, it was 4-3. Chad Durbin came in and immediately let runners reach 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. This is the game right here. Pablo Sandoval came to the plate batting lefthanded. Not only is Ryan Madson the Phils' best reliever, but Durbin has a career .806 OPS against LHBs. Madson should have come into the game iin this high-leverage situation, but instead Manuel thought .806 was good enough. Sandoval doubled (twice, actually) and the Phils never got the lead again. 3 runs by Manuel out of 6. Just a terrible game for the manager tonight.

The home plate umpire should be shot, but not before Tim McCarver.

Win tomorrow and you have Oswalt-Hamels in Philly, but beating Lincecum will be the hardest part.

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