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Monday, August 6, 2012
Kirk Gibson made a mistake in the 7th inning, but luckily it didn't hurt his club. With a man on first, and Halladay's spot coming up, Manuel used Ty Wigginton to PH against LH starter, Joe Saunders. Wigginton singled, and Gibson THEN removed Saunders from the game for a RH pitcher. If you're going to yank Saunders after a single that doesn't score a run, why not reduce Wigginton's utility by bringing in a RHP?
Papelbon pitched in a 3-run save situation. He did have two days off prior to Saturday's game, but he's now pitched 3 days in a row, and the Phillies begin a series against the Atlanta Braves tonight. If they don't sweep this series, the Phillies should begin considering ways to ease Utley and Halladay through the rest of the season.