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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Game 21: Phillies approach .500 (10-11)

Jimmy Rollins was moved back into the lead off spot last night, which changed the lineup around a bit.  I would still prefer to see Victorino and Ruiz bat higher in the order with the less-than-stellar team that the Phillies are fielding right now.  Victorino hasn't gotten off to a great start this season, but I'll trust his career numbers to be better than most of the players in the lineup.

Joe Blanton pitched extremely well last night allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and 0 walks while striking out 8.  I really like to see the high strikeout totals from any pitcher, so it was good to see Blanton striking out a lot more batters last night than he has been so far this season.

Manuel used Chad Qualls and Papelbon to close the door on the win.  Mr. Musser and I have established that we don't think it's necessary for Pap to be pitching with 3-run leads, but seeing as how he hadn't pitched in 2 days, I won't complain.

The Phillies are currently attempting to take the series from the Cubs and reach .500.  Kyle Kendrick is on the bump against Matt Garza, and since the Phillies are already down by 1, I think the game is over.  Is that wrong of me?


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