Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Phils/Sixers Updates 3

10: 35 - PHILS WIN! PHILS WIN! They're now 2-6 and face the Braves one more time tomorrow.

10:24 - Rollins lines a beaner off old man Remlinger's leg, but Remlinger recovers and flicks it to LaRoche for hte out at first. Quite a play and recovery for the Mr. Salt and Pepper.

10:20 - Arthur Rhodes stops the bleeding, striking out pinch-hitter Matt Diaz to end the 8th. However, this leaves no doubt in anyone's mind what Manuel's next move is, which is to bring in the SIXTH pitcher of the night.

10:12 - So Manuel lifted Lidle after 89 pitches in 6 innings, and with Lidle easily sitting the Braves down in the 5th and 6th innings. Then he lifts Geary after two average singles. Now he puts in Cormier who gives up a deep fly out to Brian McCann for the 2nd out in the 8th. And as this is being typed Betemit hits his THIRD double of the night, scoring 2 runs to close the gap 7-5. And Charlie comes out of the dugout again, to bring in his FIFTH pitcher. This bullpen is going to be WORN OUT by August.

10:05 - It's the 8th inning now and the score remains 7-3 with Geoff Geary pitching to Jeff Francoeur. There's no reason to go 1 inning, 1 inning, 1 inning for relievers other than 'that's the way the book says it's done', so obviously Manuel is going that route. No doubt we will see Tom Gordon warming up for the 9th inning, up by 4, soon enough.

9:40 - This will be the last entry on the Sixers tonight, because with 5:23 to go in the game they are simply playing out the remaining minutes with bench players like Bradley, Barnes and Louis Williams. They are up 110-85 as Allen Iverson gets 40 points and 10 assists in 37 minutes, Chris Webber gets 18 pts and 11 rebounds, and Andre Iguodala has 10 pts, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Sammy Dalembert sees only 12 minutes in a blowout???? WTF????

9:38 - Aaron Rowand extends the Phils lead to 6-3 on a nifty little home run shot, scoring Rollins. Lidle actually proves me wrong, basically shutting the Braves down after their big 4th inning and making a decent start out of tonight's performance. Pat Burrell with a homer now, barely getting over the left-center fence! 7-3

9:27 - The score is now 101-78 with the Sixers solidly in control of the tempo. Iverson just CAN'T miss, throwing up a leaner where his feet went one way, the rest of his body another and yet the bucket was straight as can be. Hunter then with a great fastbreak slam after some quality passing. Passing, defense and finishing is the name of this game.

9:12 - 3 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter and the Sixers lead 86-67. They keep them at bay with constant pressure on defense and an offense tonight that has crisp passing and good shooting. Iverson up to 32 points on 12-21 shooting and 9 assists.

9:06 - Lidle has given up 9 hits in 4 innings and is the winning pitcher thus far. He has 72 pitches so he will come out for another inning or two, but this will not be an impressive outing for Lidle. Both Abreu and Burrell have hit high popups off the new lefty reliever Chuck James. Utley goes down for the 1-2-3 inning.


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