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Monday, April 30, 2012
My only complaint for Manuel today is that he allowed Freddy Galvis to swing at a 2-1 pitch from closer Carlos Marmol to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning. Yes, I realize no manager in MLB would force a position player to take two strikes in this situation, but when you have a terribly wild closer (who only blows saves when the other team doesn't swing at his pitches) facing a minor-league hitter who is only on the team for defense, and when you're losing 5-0, there's virtually no benefit to swinging the bat before you have two strikes on you. The first pitch of the at-bat was a strike to Galvis, followed by two balls. With every sane Phillies fan praying for Galvis to take a pitch for a chance at a 3-1 count, Galvis swung and made the first out of the inning. I do not know if the pitch was in the strike zone since I was listening on the radio, but it is irrelevant -- he should be taking all the way in that situation.
Natually, Marmol walked three batters after the Galvis at-bat, but since the Team Who Doesn't Teach Walks spotted Marmol the first out of the inning, he was able to escape the ninth inning with only one run allowed (Hunter Pence and Ty Wigginton each swung at pitches from Marmol before they had a strike against them).
This is a Phillies team who is in the bottom of the league in terms of walks-drawn, yet Marmol still walked 3 batters in one inning. Had Charlie Manuel actually encouraged his batters to walk every once in a while, perhaps the rally could have ended differently.
Tonight the Phils look to split the series when Vance Worley faces RHP Chris Volstad at 7:05 pm.