Thirdly, if the idea was to stay out of a double play, then why not steal the base? Actually, that's exactly what Pence did -- but it was after Manuel handed the Pirates an out.
4) This is a mistake that Manuel always makes, and it almost always backfires. In a tie game on the road in the 9th inning or later, Manuel never uses his closer. Why? Because if the Phillies end up taking the lead, then he wants to have the closer available!
Cliff Lee was lifted after 6 innings; Kyle Kendrick pitched the 7th, and Chad Qualls the 8th. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo pitched the 9th inning, while Joe Blanton pitched the 10th inning. If you keep trotting out inferior pitchers before your best available reliever, eventually you will get burned. Yes, Papelbon probably only pitches one inning, but if he pitches the 10th inning successfully, and the Phillies score 2 runs in the 11th, then Blanton's run allowed doesn't matter. Once Blanton got the 2nd out of the inning with the pop-out, Manuel had another chance to bring in Papelbon to get the 3rd out (and possibly remain in the game for the 11th). Of course, that would require a manager with a grasp of high-leverage situations, so it didn't happen. The next batter won the game for Pittsburgh.
The next batter, of course, is Hunter Pence (Karstens has a .730 OPS allowed against RHBs). He rolled a weak groundball that managed to score one run, and the Phils didn't capitalize further. If Pence's grounder were directly at an infielder, they would have scored zero runs in the inning.
Vance Worley attempts to make it slightly shorter tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 pm when he takes on RHP James McDonald for the series victory,