Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mackanin tries a little Joe Maddon-like lineup

Peter Borjous has been coming up a lot of clutch hitting lately, last night was no different

Something needed to be done to mix this Phillies lineup up a little bit. Pete Mackanin may have found a solution with what he has done with the Phillies batting order last night.

Mackanin batted the pitcher 8th, the very move that we see Joe Maddon, now with the Cubs, doing quite a bit. It's worked for Maddon, so why wouldn't it work for the Phillies? Of course lately the Cubs haven't needed to score a bunch of runs, they've been doing quite well enough, currently they are tied for 2nd in the NL for runs scored with 81 total. According to the STATS, LLC service, it was the first time since 1979 that a Phillies pitcher hadn't been in the 9th position in the batting order.

Peter Bourjos made contact with a pitch in the 7th inning and scored David Lough, who had gotten himself into scoring position with a double just prior, tied this game up 4-4 and led the game into extra innings.

This ballgame went extra innings, a combined effort with the Phillies bullpen who all together had 11 strikeouts and 11th inning clutch hitting with an RBI infield single by Peter Bourjos again, led this Phillies team to a much needed win to salvage one game from the 3-game series.

Meanwhile in the NL East, the Washington Nationals just keep sailing along, they are 11-3 on the year so far, with the New York Mets coasting into 2nd place after taking 2 of 3 from the Phillies, and then the Phils settling back into 3rd place with a 7-9 record.

Next up is Milwaukee for the Phillies. It's a long road trip for the Fightins as they have only 3 home games sandwiched in the middle of their next 19 games. The Phils go visit the Brewers, and then the Nationals, come home for a 3-game series with the Indians next weekend, and then take to the road for 4-game set against the Cardinals in St. Louis, then onto Miami for 3 games, and finally Atlanta for another 3-gamer.

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