Vance Worley carried a pitch-count of 78 into the 6th inning. He allowed 3 of the first four baserunners to reach, which resulted in men on first and second with one run in, and the Phillies were now trailing 2-1. The batter was lefty Nate Schierholtz, with lefty Brandon Crawford on deck. Worley, to this point, had thrown 97 pitches through only 5 and 1/3 innings. Schierholtz is a lefty with even splits, but with another lefty on deck and your starting pitcher obviously going no more than 6 innings, Antonio Bastardo must be used in this high-leverage situation. He is still your best reliever not from Louisiana, and he is not a liability against right-handed batting, which makes any possible counter-move from Bruce Bochy immaterial to your own decision.
Worley walked Schierholtz on 8 pitches. With his count now at 105 and the bases loaded with only one out and a lefty at the plate (with the 8-hitter on deck followed by Lincecum), it is outrageous to leave Worley in there. Crawford owns a career OPS against LHPs well under .600, and since he is a shortstop, he almost certainly would have remained in the game to hit against Bastardo had a move been made (especially since the Giants already had the lead). Yesterday was an off-day so Bastardo's availability is not an issue. Manuel, of course, does not understand the value of left-handed relievers (evidenced by his years of abuse of J.C. Romero, his distrust of Diekman this season until it was too late standings-wise, and his inexplicable decision to allow Michael Schwimer to face LHB James Loney on Wednesday). Worley allowed a grand slam to the lefty Crawford, and the game was over.
The only thing that infuriates me more than Manuel's strategy is the media's allowance of it to continue. Here's an excerpt about yesterday's game from Matt Gelb, the beat-writer who is less of a Manuel apologist than David Murphy:
"Afterwards, Manuel and Worley both said they felt the pitcher had enough left in the tank to get batters out.
This quote is laughable. I like the first sentence: "Manuel defended his decision to leave Worley in the game by saying he thought Worley would get batters out." Are you kidding? This is like Andy Reid saying, "I threw the ball on 3rd-and-1 because I wanted to get a first down," rather than explaining why the pass was a better option than a run.