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Game Recap - 5/9/10

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Phillies 5 (19-12), Braves 3 (13-18) WP: Hamels (3-2) LP: Kawakami (0-6) SV: Lidge (1) The offense kinda showed up...for the first 5 innings. 12 baserunners and 3 runs in 5 innings...solid enough. The Braves, as they always do, stranded 8 men in those 5 innings, and for the other 4 innings of the game...couldn't manage a single baserunner. The major offensive producers for the Braves today...as usual, it wasn't the bottom of the order. 5-9 went 0 for 16 with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. Shockingly, one of those 5-9 hitters was not Melky Cabrera, inexplicably hitting in the 3 hole...he saw 8 pitches in 4 at bats. Way to make the pitching work Melky! He did have an RBI single, though it was of the infield variety and would have been a double play if it was hit a tad bit less hard. Troy Glaus is getting into the groove, with a pair of hits, a walk, and 2 RBI. Omar Infante had a decent game, with 3 hits...but only seeing 14 pitches in his 5 AB. Martin Prado tried not to continue his trend of sucking, getting a pair of hits...but yeah, his hot start is gone, and the OPS is under .800. Yeah...just what the team needed. Kenshin Kawakami got fed to the wolves in the early going, allowing 5 runs in 3 innings. Then, he set down 9 straight Phillies...and was still in the game in the 7th inning, where he finally got pulled after allowing his third homer of the game, this time to Shane Victorino. Kawakami was great the third time through the lineup and ice cold the first 2 times...that isn't supposed to happen. His line doesn't look horrible with only 2 walks and 5 strikeouts, but the 3 homers are a sure way to murder your FIP. It could have been a lot worse if they weren't all of the solo variety. Eric O'Flaherty got 4 outs without allowing a baserunner to halt the damage, but with the way the bottom of the lineup was performing today, it didn't really matter. There was some real odd decision making early in the game, with Bobby Cox calling for an intentional walk of Ryan Howard to load the bases in the FIRST INNING for the white hot Jayson Werth...who Kawakami hit to force in a run. Kawakami only allowed one more run in the inning, but the move to walk Howard that early in the game just strikes me as ridiculous, especially with the wind knocking down flyballs hit high in the air like most of Howard's moonshot homers are. Also, on Ibanez's sac fly in the first, Cabrera made the decision to...not throw home to attempt to get the runner despite the ball being hit pretty shallow. Makes no sense to me, and gives the fans yet another reason to hate on Cabrera. In the Braves half of the first, Martin Prado, the second batter of the game, attempt to bunt Omar Infante, who led off with a double, over to third...naturally, he couldn't get the bunt down and it was a wasted at bat. Troy Glaus would single two batters later, and Infante was inexplicably sent...he was out at the plate by a good 20 feet or so. Not a lot in that first inning made much sense on either side of the diamond. Weekly prospect report will be up this evening, and I'll probably get started on the Brewers series preview and get it up tonight or tomorrow morning. Then...the 3 game set with Milwaukee begins, and I'll have to get up a HOT or NOT on Monday. Going to be a busy couple of days for me, thats for sure.

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