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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Game 37: Phils win despite Manuel's best efforts (25-12)

The Phils beat the Braves last night in Atlanta, 5-4. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Braves knocked Cole Hamels out of the game after getting a 4-3 lead in the 6th inning. Then came the bottom of the 7th.

The Phils entered the 7th inning down 4-3, but they tied it in the top of the inning. They had to pinch-hit for Cole Hamels in the inning. Manuel then went to the bullpen, and the leadoff man was Martin Prado. Since Prado is right-handed, Manuel naturally went to the worst pitcher against RHB. JC Romero allowed a leadoff double, a sac bunt, and two walks. He was then taken out of the game. Two of the four batters he faced were right-handed, and he earned zero outs out of the four. Simply awful. Manuel clearly hasn't learned that Romero is useless against RHB, so the rest of the season we'll be playing dodgeball with Romero's usage and opposing righties. The bases were loaded and the game was tied with one out when Manuel decided that Romero shouldn't be in the game. It's too bad he didn't use the hundreds of innings of evidence before the 7th inning to make his decision.

Manuel got lucky; Mike Stutes and Antonio Bastardo each struck out a batter to strand the bases loaded. As a result, Manuel gets credit for "pulling the strings" to get out of the inning, even though the only reason he was in that tight spot was his own ineptitude. This is why you should never listen to 610 WIP between 10am and 3pm.

Manuel deserved to lose the game, but so did Fredi Gonzalez, who brought in a lefty reliever to face Shane Victorino in the top of the seventh inning with the tying run on second base. Victorino is so much better as right-handed hitter; it's laughable that an opposing manager does not understand that fact. Victorino tied the game, and the Braves never scored again. Thanks for retiring, Bobby Cox!

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