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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Game 35: Phils lose to fish (23-12)

Roy Halladay vs. Josh Johnson. Both pitchers pitched well, but at times did not look their best. Johnson allowed three walks to Halladay's two (one of which was to Johnson). I really don't have too much to mention about this game; Manuel did not have to make any adjustments after it started. He did questionably start Sardinha over Schneider, clearly ignoring the platoon split.

The Phillies most certainly did not cash in on their chances; Pete Orr swung at the first pitch with men on 1st and 3rd and two outs in the 3rd inning after Johnson had walked Francisco, and neither Sardinha, Halladay, or Rollins could get a run in with the bases loaded in the 2nd. Ultimately, this game was lost on a fluke error by Jimmy Rollins in the top of the 8th inning. The error was followed up by some lucky bounces that went the Marlins' way. Halladay threw a wild pitch, and Coghlan blooped a weak hit to center. Game over.

Cliff Lee tries to secure the series for the Phils today as he faces off against Ricky Nolasco.

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