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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
There was really only one issue with Charlie's management in this game. In the bottom half of the 6th, Manuel aptly decided to remove the struggling Chad Durbin, exercising a refreshingly short leash. However, Manuel did not wait for the would-be pinch hitter, Juan Francisco, to be announced before bringing in Jeremy Horst. Instead of wasting a Braves bench player, Manuel enabled Fredi Gonzalez to call Francisco back to the dugout in favor of Reed Johnson. Johnson ended up grounding into a double play, but the result of the mistake does not excuse it. If Manuel ignores such a basic aspect of managing such as this on a regular basis, the results will be more damaging for the Phillies. Manuel claimed that he saw the umpire gesture to the press box, as if to announce Francisco as the pinch hitter, before pulling Durbin, but he could just be trying to cover his tracks.
UPDATE: The scorer did indeed miss the announcement of Francisco, and the box score now reflects this. A nearly inconsequential mistake by Manuel has been nullified.