Davey Lopes had already left the clubhouse by the time it opened to media last night, but I caught up with him today to talk about the decision to send Cole Hamels in the fifth inning of last night's 1-0 win.
Lopes has carte blanche when it comes to the Phillies' base-stealing efforts. Every now and then, Charlie Manuel will tell him not to send a runner. But those are rare occasions.
So last night, when he saw that the Giants weren't holding Hamels on first base, and when he clocked pitcher Jonathan Sanchez at a 1.7-seconds fromer delivery-to-home, he decided to send him.
"It was done for us to win a ball-game," Lopes said. "The way the game was looking, another run was huge."
Jimmy Rollins was at the plate with two outs and a 1-2 count and the Phillies were leading 1-0. In normal circumstances, a 1.3 to 1.4 second delivery-to-home time is considered good.
Lopes said he wasn't concerned about the prospect of Hamels getting hurt on a slide.
"I don't feel like my ass is on the line," Lopes said. "I feel the injury factor is always there. . .If Charlie says don't run him, we don't run him."
Manuel said he had no problem with Hamels running.
Lopes said the last pitcher he sent was Andy Ashby, when he was coaching for the San Diego Padres. Ashby made it safely. There was no throw from home.
Lopes said former general manager Pat Gillick would occasionally needle him about never sending a pitcher from first.
"Pat has been on my ass for two years," Lopes said.
But don't expect it to start a trend.
"You're not going to see pitchers running all over the place," Lopes said.
Brett Myers will pitch for the second consecutive night tonight at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Manuel said Myers will "probably" be with the Phillies when they travel to Houston this weekend, but a lot depends on how the righthander responds tomorrow after his outing.