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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Everything pretty much went according to the typical Manuel script through the top of the 9th inning with Adams pitching in the 8th, and Bastardo used in the 9th since the Phillies were only down 2 runs.
The bottom of the 9th started out with 3 consecutive walks by Utley, Howard, and Young. Domonic Brown and John Mayberry both struck out. Many people are complaining that Brown and Mayberry both watch fastballs over the plate for strike 1. I was glad to see Dom Brown taking in his AB since the Royals Closer, Greg Holland, couldn't find the plate. Had Dom Brown actually swung, I'd probably be complaining that he wasn't taking. I don't blame Mayberry for taking either since Holland technically threw only 1 strike to Brown (he swung at two good pitches in the dirt).
Kevin Frandsen was used to PH with 2 outs and the bases loaded, and he swung at a first pitch fastball (probably picked up on the trend to Young and Mayberry), and essentially duplicated Jimmy Rollins' walk-off double against Broxton from 2009 NLCS Game 4. Phillies win!