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Monday, August 20, 2012
In the bottom of the 8th inning, Hamels retired the first two batters before giving up a single to Jonathon Lucroy. The next batter was Ryan Braun. Ryan Braun is very good. Hamels was over 100 pitches, and Papelbon was warming up. I don't think it's terrible that Manuel let Hamels pitch to Braun, but if Papelbon is warming up, and was brought in AFTER the home run for a 4 out save, why not just bring him in to face the superhuman RHB?
Hamels is throwing a lot of pitches, and the Phillies stand virtually no chance at playing postseason baseball.