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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Lee had thrown 99 pitches after completing 7 innings, which is plenty of work (if anything, it's too much) for a pitcher who you owe 75 million dollars over the next three seasons. However, Manuel is clearly in a "win-at-all-costs" approach to save his job, and he forced Lee out their for a potential eighth inning of work. This is confusing from a baseball standpoint as well, since 4 RHBs were due up to start the inning. Lee retired zero of the 3 batters he faced, and it was up to righty BJ Rosenberg to clean up the mess. A 3-1 deficit turned into a 4-1 hole, and the Phils went down quietly to end the evening.