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Saturday, June 23, 2012
As far as Manuel's pitching changes, it's tough to criticize when Kyle Kendrick only lasts 4 innings. Raul Valdes did his job extraordinarily well striking out 4 and only allowing 1 batter to reach base. Manuel did a good job leaving Bastardo in and not going to Michael Schwimer in the 8th. I think Charlie could have gone to Papelbon, but he let Bastardo see his way out of it.
Pap blew his first save. Big whoop. Thome hit a walk-off, and the Phillies won.
I want all the readers to know my new big pet-peeve. Now that wins are hard to come by, and the "using Papelbon before the 9th inning" strategy seems more important when the Phillies are in trouble in the 8th, the announcers are driving me crazy. This is because they assume that those people who want to see Papelbon appear before the 9th MUST result in him pitching until the end of time. He doesn't HAVE to get 6 outs, let's just have him get the outs where there's an imminent threat (HIGH LEVERAGE), okay, Wheels?!
Tomorrow the Phillies look to sweepsweep as Hamels and Lee face Price and Cobb, respectively.