On Tuesday night Phillies manager Charlie Manuel blew his first save of the 2011 season by sticking with Roy Halladay for too long. Last night he blew his second save in grand fashion, allowing a walkoff grand slam. Okay, so Fuqua didn't actually throw the pitch that Ryan Zimmeran deposited over the leftfield fence, but he sure as hell lead to the cause of it.
Rewind to Tuesday night. Manuel warmed closer Ryan Madson up in the 9th inning while Halladay ran out of gas, but never used him. Then in Wednesday's blowout win (9-2), he decided to get Madson "some work" despite the game situation, because you know once you warm a pitcher up you have to bring him in (hate that f'n stupid mindset). Then on Thursday an actual save situation arose and Madson came in to fill his role. Again last night a save situation was in play, but Madson had essentially thrown a starter's load worth of pitches over the past 3 days between the bullpen and actual game, so he was worn out and it was obvious. Two-thirds of an inning, 6 earned runs, blown save, loss. Ugly!
Some of this could have been averted. For instance, once Wednesday's game got out of hand, Michael Schwimer was the logical choice to pitch in relief, and it would have saved Madson some bullets. Also, Manuel could have allowed Brad Lidge to work a second inning last night, seeing as though he only expelled 7 pitches in his 1 inning. This would have allowed Bastardo and/or Madson to share the 9th or work it solo.
It's hard to get too mad about a loss considering the Phils are having an amazing season, but the season is far from over, and dumb managing is something that always raises the ire of fans.