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Saturday, May 5, 2012
Joe Savery was used in the 6th inning with 2-of-3 batters due up being left handed. He only managed to record one out, and the brain trust left to manage this team correctly lifted Savery for Jose Contreras who was bailed out by Rick Ankiel failing to pick up the 3rd base coach on a nice play in the hole by Jimmy Rollins.
The top of the 7th inning saw the Phillies cheated out of scoring the same run twice. Ty Wigginton hit a fair ball down the 3rd base line with Shane Victorino on 2nd base, which was incorrectly called foul by the HP umpire due to the fact that there was no base ump. Shortly thereafter Victorino was called out when he tried to steal third. Replays from the same angle that the umpire would have had showed the tag was clearly on the inside part of the bag while Victorino slid to the outside. Carlos Ruiz promptly hit a line drive single to right which would have scored Victorino for the 2nd time.
However, I don't want to give the Phillies coaches this excuse, as they continue to fail to understand simple logic.
Bastardo pitched a scoreless 7th.
Qualls was used to start the 8th, which was fine. However, he gave up a single, sacrifice, intentional walk, and a double to quickly lose the lead. With Papelbon not having pitched since Tuesday, he clearly could have been brought in before the double was allowed, but I feel like expecting this would be asking way too much. After the lead had evaporated, the bases were loaded intentionally. This screams for using your best reliever as a tie game in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and 1 out is an extremely high-leverage situation. Qualls did manage to squeak out of the inning, however.
Michael Schwimer was used in the 9th inning because this game was played in another city despite the Nationals sending the heart of their lineup up to the plate. He retired them in order. Surprisingly, the Phillies didn't score against the talented Nationals bullpen in the 10th, and Schwimer was used again in the 10th. The Phillies went 1,2,3 in the 11th just like they did in the 10th, and keeping with this pattern, Schwimer was brought out again. What else were the coaches supposed to do? If Papelbon stops the Nationals, and the Phillies score, who could they bring into the game with the responsibility of giving up 0 or 1 runs?? Certainly not a pitcher that was used in a game where there is ZERO margin for error.
Nationals won in the 11th, and Papelbon continues to watch worse pitchers get more playing time than him.