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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Game 114: Phils take series from Cardinals (52-62)

In a game filled with 15 runs and 21 total hits, Charlie Manuel actually did a decent job during Sunday's 8-7 victory over St. Louis. Vance Worley was unable to make it through six innings, so the manager had to rely heavily on his bullpen, which he handled relatively well. I am unsure if Antonio Bastardo was available for this game as I watched the broadcast on mute (always a good decision), but if he was, he probably should have appeared for Jon Jay's plate appearance in the 8th inning with two runners on base. If he was unavailable, then Jonathan Papelbon should have come into the game at that point. The game was tied with two men on and only one out, and LHB Jay represented the top of the order. Michael Schwimer started the inning and allowed two baserunners, recording the only out on a sac bunt. Instead of going to one of his power arms to end the threat, Manuel allowed the inferior pitcher to remain in the game. Schwimer ended up allowing three runs, but both he and Manuel were saved by Kratz's three-run homer in the bottom of the inning.

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