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Friday, September 9, 2011

Game 140: Hamels dominates for 1 inning too long (92-48)

The Phillies continue to roll the opposition, defeating Milwaukee's 5th starter Chris Narveson by a score of 7-2 last night.

Cole Hamels allowed 2 home runs but was otherwise solid, throwing a CG with 2 BBs and only 2 Ks.

Hamels had 102 pitches heading into the bottom of the 9th with a 5-run lead, a perfect opportunity for Joe Blanton to make his post-DL debut. Instead, Manuel risked significant injury to Hamels (recently off the DL) for absolutely zero benefit. He had already thrown 102 pitches, more than a full night's work, yet he was allowed to go out and throw some more. The potential risk (season ending injury) is way too great for the potential reward of throwing a complete game (zero reward).

Blanton needs the work; Hamels does not.

Not a terrible mistake, but it's not something Phils fans should have enjoyed seeing.

The Phils look to guarantee a split over Milwaukee tonight at 8:10 pm when Roy Halladay faces RHP Shaun Marcum.

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