Charlie Manuel said after Monday's loss that he was leery of bringing Mike Adams into a tie game with runners in scoring position because of how much work the righty setup man has gotten lately. But it was a no-brainer last night and should be in the future.
Adams has pitched in five of the Phillies' last six games, true. But you're paying him $6 million a year to be the stopper in high leverage situations. No, he didn't get the job done last night, allowing two runners he inherited from Jeremy Horst to score. But that situation means much, much more than protecting a two- or three-run lead at the beginning of the eighth later in the week. Charlie should have no regrets.
It was a frustrating end to the game last night, but as we outlined Monday afternoon, keeping the Reds' two-hole hitter off base is the key to this series. The Phillies couldn't do that in the eighth inning and they lost. Zack Cozart hit a shallow fly to right-center that Ben Revere should have made more of an effort to catch, but it eluded both he and Laynce Nix for a double. With Shin-Soo Choo leading off and Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier batting 3-6, you don't have wiggle room if you put the light-hitting second batter on base. It will continue to be a key in this series.