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Monday, June 10, 2013

Game 57: Bastardo provides all the perfect example of how simple a 3-run save is (27-30)

The Phillies won last Sunday after pulling out to a 7-0 lead in the first two innings of the game.

With the Phils up 7-0 going into the top of the 8th inning, Manuel let Cliff Lee surrender 4 singles and 1 run before pulling him for Justin DeFratus with two men on base.  DeFratus surrendered a three run triple that brought the score to 7-4.

The Phillies failed to tack on any runs in the bottom of the 8th, and Antonio Bastardo was brought into the game for the Save.  The Phillies announcers explained that Papelbon wasn't available to pitch, so Antonio Bastardo is clearly sufficient to pitch in this situation.  I personally would have preferred Manuel to utilize platoons to finish the game out, especially once Bastardo started getting into trouble.  However, for years Mr. Musser and I have been begging for Manuel to not waste his superb closers on 3-run save situations.  It's almost DIFFICULT for a major league pitcher to allow 3 ER in 1 inning.  I don't know too many pitchers who have anywhere near a 27 ERA.  Bastardo was clearly not his best, and he still managed to get the job done with two runs to spare.  

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