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Monday, June 4, 2012
Joe Blanton pitched decently, allowing 2 runs through the first 6 innings. Then the 7th inning came, and he loaded the bases with nobody out. The score at this point was only 2-0 with Chad Qualls warming in the bullpen. You could make the argument that Blanton should have been removed after the bases were loaded, but with RHP Qualls as your replacement, there's not really a huge difference. Blanton allowed a two-run double to Jose Reyes to ice the game, after which Manuel removed Blanton. Since Blanton's platoon splits are relatively even (and Qualls is much stronger against RHBs than lefties), we'll give Manuel a pass today.
Either way, the Phils weren't going to win that game.
It only gets more difficult tonight, when they take on the LA Dodgers at 7:05pm. Vance Worley faces LHP Clayton Kershaw.