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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Jonathon Papelbon was used in the top of the 9th due to the impossibility of a save situation, and he somehow managed to get the game to the bottom of the inning with the score tied. After Juan Pierre reached on a single, Manuel had Nate Schierholtz sacrifice Pierre to second. This move does increase the Phillies chances of scoring 1 run in the inning. Since it only takes one run to win, this is a good strategy. With the bases loaded and 1 out, Ryan Howard hit a walk-off single to give the Phillies the win in the game and the series.
I didn't see the end of the game, but I was told that Howard's fly ball should have been caught had Upton not been playing exceptionally deep. While I cannot confirm that he was deep, I had noticed earlier in the series that Upton seems to play deep all the time, so it's not hard to believe.