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Friday, September 9, 2011
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.