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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Game 77: Phils win with 23-man roster (48-29)

The Phillies defeated the Oakland Athletics last night by a score of 1-0, thanks to Ben Francisco's walk-off single with two outs. I was prepared to criticize Charlie Manuel for allowing Raul Ibanez and Brian Schneider to face lefty Brian Fuentes in the 9th inning last night, but it was not until after the game that I realized Carlos Ruiz was unavailable due to dental work (must have been a hell of a procedure). Ryan Madson was also unavailable last night, meaning Manuel had to stretch out his roster as much as possible in case of extra innings. I was also prepared to ask why David Herndon pitched two innings in a tie game, but Madson's absence was unknown until after the game.

As a result, nothing to say about last night's management unless you want to question the third baseman's depth on the walk-off single. Francisco does have one bunt single this year, but playing on the grass probably isn't the ideal defense against a right-handed batter.

Tonight the Phils look to win the series when Cole Hamels faces RHP Trevor Cahill at 7:05 pm.

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