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Monday, July 18, 2011

Game 94: Kendrick, Martinez defeat Mets (59-35)

Yesterday's finale against the Mets was a pretty easy game for Charlie Manuel until the bottom of the 8th, when the Phillies relievers refused to throw any strikes.

Manuel brought in Juan Perez to start the 8th inning with the score 8-1 Phillies. He promptly walked the first three batters, and Ryan Madson was brought into the game to get out of the inning. He induced a double play on the first batter, but after a single, HBP, BB, and another single, the tying run came to the plate.

Manuel went to Bastardo to record the final four outs of the game.

I have no problem with how Manuel used Perez or Bastardo, and there's really not too much of an issue with Madson either.

If Madson were 100% healthy and completely immersed in the closer's rule, I would have been furious if he came into a 8-1 game -- regardless of the base/out situation. But since Madson is recovering and seemingly not-yet-100%, I will reserve judgment on Manuel until it is clear that Madson is "back."

Michael Martinez hit a 3-run home run to extend a 1-0 lead to 4-0 (today on WIP, Howard Eskin and Ike Reese both said that the home run came in a 5-1 game, extending the lead to 8-1; simply incredible). Regardless, he should not be hitting second in any major league lineup, let alone a World Series contender. Just switch him with Mayberry, who is clearly the better hitter.

Tonight the Phils go to Chicago for game one of a three-game set.

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