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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Game 66: Phillies win series against Cubs (40-26)

The Phillies won the final game of their 4 game set against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon. Charlie Manuel's lineup was understandable, and I take no offense to it. Oswalt struggled in the first inning, but settled down for 6 more scoreless innings. His strikeout rate has dropped dramatically recently, which is a major cause for concern. Some hint that he's injured. I certainly hope not. Regardless, Oswalt pitched 7 pretty strong innings as you would expect.

Michael Stutes pitched the 8th inning with the heart of the Cubs lineup due up and the Phillies ahead by one run. I'm not too thrilled about this situation, and probably would prefer Madson to pitch in that situation as it is clearly high leverage. Stutes did very well, striking out 2 of the 3 batters in the inning, and didn't get into any trouble, so I won't harp too much on the topic. Madson is your best pitcher, and the opposing team's best hitters were coming to the plate. It just seems logical.

Madson pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

After an off day Monday, the Phillies open up a series against the Marlins at home tonight. Cole Hamels with take the mound against RHP Chris Volstad.

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