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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Game 135: Phils take opener in Cincy (65-70)

Tyler Cloyd was incredible on Monday afternoon, striking out nine batters in only seven innings for his first MLB win. Manuel had a pretty easy job, and with his bullpen overused from the Atlanta series, he relied on Justin de Fratus and Phillippe Aumont to pitch the 8th and 9th innings. Incredibly, they were able to shut down the win for the Phils (with Aumont recording his first MLB save), even though I'm pretty sure it is against the rules to use anyone besides your CLOSER to pitch in the ninth inning in a save situation. Had Manuel managed the Atlanta series like he managed this game (e.g., not being dominated by the save statistic), perhaps they'd have swept the Braves.

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