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Friday, September 7, 2012
Halladay pitched into the 8th inning and allowed only 1 run while striking out 5. Charlie Manuel was right to pull Halladay for Bastardo in the 8th inning with one man on and one man out. Bastardo battled Votto before striking him out. Due to the 4 run lead, I'm fine with Manuel leaving Bastardo in to pitch to Ludwick with Bruce on deck. However, as usual, I'm not too ecstatic about Manuel using Papelbon to pitch the 9th inning up 4 runs. Considering he hadn't pitched since Sunday, and that the Phillies had off on Thursday, I guess it's not his most egregious offense.
During the whole trap/catch fiasco in Tuesday night's game, I was simply amazed that Wilson Valdez was batting 2nd for the Reds. Valdez is terrible. The 2-hole is very important. He should not be batting there. Ever. Furthermore, his .437 OPS just makes it absolutely insane that he bats anywhere but 8th (or 9th) if he MUST play. Dusty Baker might be crazier than Charlie Manuel.