Well, Game 2 of the National League Division Series has officially devolved into a circus.
Three-fifths of the Phillies starting rotation has appeared in the first seven innings of a game they enter the bottom of the seventh trailing 5-3.
The first to appear, Cole Hamels, allowed three runs in five innings and then left the ballpark to be with his wife Heidi, who went into labor at some point this afternoon. It isn't clear when Hamels knew about his wife going into labor - he knew yesterday that she could deliver at any moment - or if Manuel's decision to remove him from the game was impacted by the development. Hamels had already thrown 83 pitches and was due up in the batting order when Manuel replaced him with Joe Blanton.
Blanton pitched a scoreless sixth inning, then allowed the first two batters he faced in the seventh to reach base, prompting Manuel to call on J.A. Happ to face lefty Seth Smith. But Smith drilled a comebacker that struck Happ in the right leg, knocking him from the game.