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Eighth Inning: Phils 9, Nats 6

The decision to let Saul Rivera pitch instead of lefty Mike Hinckley (or some other lefty) in the top of the seventh was a head-scratcher. The Phillies have a middle of the order heavy with lefties. Chase Utley bats third. Ryan Howard bats fourth. Raul Ibanez bats sixth. So why not let Hinckley -- who finished the top of the sixth by striking out Jimmy Rollins -- remain in the game and attack the very hitters he's most suited for? That part is pretty explicable, because the Nationals' had Hinckley's spot in the lineup come up between the sixth and seventh. OK then. But knowing that, why not save Hinckley in the sixth -- where they already had Julian Tavarez -- and tab him for the seventh? Or, why not burn Hinckley in the sixth if you must, and replace him with Joe Beimel?

Well... I'll just let those questions linger with the proper wistfulness until Manny Acta can answer post-game.

In the meantime, you're just left with some head-shaking. Rivera started the seventh by hitting both Shane Victorino and Chase Utley with two pitches. So Ryan Howard stepped up, two on, nobody out. You could practically hear the Jaws music. He summarily clubbed an 0-1 pitch into the stands extending down from the Red Porch in left-center. That three home run was followed by a solo homer one batter later from Ibanez.

Career, Howard is a .305 hitter against righties, .232 against lefties.

Ibanez is .292 against righties, .267 against lefties.

The Phillies 8-4 lead was shortened in the bottom of the seventh when Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer to center.

Right now, it's 9-6 Phils. I'll update again later if Washington can force a comeback.

By Chico Harlan  |  April 13, 2009; 5:43 PM ET
 
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I think Hinckley was due up second in the bottom of the sixth. That's why he was pulled.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 13, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Another head scratcher, though, would be why Tavarez was pulled in favor of Hinckley in the sixth. With Feliz on first and two outs, Hinckley was brought into the game to face Rollins, who hits nearly 20 points better as a righty (.297 vs. .279 over the last three years), even though the pitcher's spot is due up second in the bottom of the sixth.

With the righties looming, it seems a little strange. I can understand Acta's desire to keep Rivera as his seventh-inning guy - and no one would have expected he'd plunk the first two batters.

If I'm hanging blame today, this decision is not the first in line. Three errors and three unearned runs obviously lead the list.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 13, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Christ, Guzzie with a hammy.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 13, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Awesome. Guzman, with five hits, pulls up lame.

Posted by: Section220 | April 13, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

ZIMM!!!!!!

Posted by: Section220 | April 13, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Welcome home, Zimm.

(Go get 'em, Dunn.)

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 13, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking we might need to sacrifice a goat

Yes!! Zimm!!

Posted by: lowcountry | April 13, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

After fly balls all day, Ryan finally really got hold of one. Now it's up to Elijah. C'mon, kid.

Posted by: Section220 | April 13, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, crap.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 13, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Just, wow.

Made it interesting at the end, but fell short again.

Posted by: Section220 | April 13, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

0-7... when you score 8 runs, you should win the game. 3 errors cost them today. Bad teams can't find a way to win, no matter what. They actually had the offense today, but 3 unearned runs.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 13, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Time to go home - the wine bottle is waiting.

Posted by: lowcountry | April 13, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Can you post the questions to Acta and his answers? Thanks

Posted by: Natstown | April 13, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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