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Monday, April 18, 2011

Game 14: Phils earn split against Fish (10-4)

The Phils won yesterday afternoon, 3-2, thanks to a solid start from Cole Hamels and a shaky save from Jose Contreras.

Hamels pitched 7 innings and left with the score tied at 2. Ryan Madson pitched against the heart of the order in the 8th inning. He pitched because it was the 8th, not because it was the heart of the order -- so no credit for Manuel there.

The Phils scratched a run across the board in the 8th inning (it was an unearned run thanks to a bogus scoring decision on Ryan Howard's "single").

I'm not going to give Manuel a hard time for taking Madson out of the game and using Contreras, because Madson hasn't pitched more than one inning too often in the past few years (that, however, is Manuel's fault). Also, he threw 16 pitches in the 8th inning, which means he wouldn't have too long a leash in the 9th anyway. If he threw fewer than 10 pitches in the 8th, then he absolutely should have pitched the 9th.

It's early yet; there'll be plenty more situations where Madson is more obviously misused.

Tonight Joe Blanton tries to beat the Brewers and Shaun Marcum at 7:05pm.

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