I'm sure a lot of you watching at home were pretty surprised when you saw Charlie Manuel walk out of the dugout and remove Adam Eaton from the game with two outs in the fourth inning. Eaton had allowed three runs and was getting hit hard but had only opposing pitcher Zach Duke standing in the way of the inning.
Well, you have to say it worked. Eaton might have gotten out of the inning, but Chad Durbin definitely did, and though the righty allowed two runs in the fifth, he pitched a perfect sixth and the Phillies rolled on to their fifth win in six games.
Here's what Manuel had to say:
"In the fourth inning, they were hitting the ball hard and he was starting to struggle,” Manuel said. “I thought they were catching up with him, and if you want to know the truth, I didn’t think he was going to hold them.”
And Eaton. . .
“I wasn’t happy, obviously,” Eaton said. “You get staked to a big lead like that you’d like to go out there as long as you can, but all things being said, we came out with a win today.”
Chris Coste went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI despite admitting that he felt light-headed at times thanks to a recent bout with flu like symptoms.
Phils are 13-11, best win percentage of the season.
Good night, and good luck.