PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel left his pitcher in and Clint Hurdle took his pitcher out, but both decisions worked and left little for the second-guessers in Wednesday's Game 1 of the NLDS between the Phillies and Rockies.
Hot on Cole
Phillies starter Cole Hamels allowed three runs on three hits with three walks as the Rockies batted around in a 40-pitch second inning.
Manuel not only stuck with Hamels, he never even warmed up anybody in the bullpen.
Hamels struck out Matt Holliday with the bases loaded to end the second inning and retired the next 12 batters.
"Cole hit a rough inning in the second inning. After that, he ... retired the last 15 of 16 he faced."
Top of the seventh inning, Rockies leading by a run with a runner on second base, two out and Kazuo Matsui up.
Manuel replaced Hamels with reliever Tom "Flash" Gordon.
Gordon struck out Matsui swinging to end the inning.
"It was a breaking ball. I was looking for a pitch to drive, that was my mindset, something I could hammer and I got it."
Francis bats, leaves
Top of the seventh inning, runner on first with one out, pitcher's spot up.
Hurdle has pitcher Jeff Francis fake a bunt and swing away, grounding out and moving up the runner. Then Hurdle removes Francis at the start of the bottom of the seventh inning.
Although the Rockies did not score, the decision to allow Francis to hit saved the use of a position player to pinch-hit for the Rockies, who are carrying 12 pitchers.
The analysis: "We had a Plan A and Plan B. I was not comfortable with some of the matchups I had. I was trying to find a way to roll the dice and do something with Francis at the bat and get us another run and I just didn't want to burn personnel. We went from having 4,700 players to 25, and I didn't want to roll over Manny [Corpas], but I wanted to try to find a way to maybe get him back out there with a two-run lead because the more outs he can get, the less number of outs the bullpen has got to get. So I rolled the dice that way and I got some very good advice from a manager that has done this way more than I have. He said, you get a gut feeling in this thing, kid, roll with it and that's what he said to me. I had a couple different gut feelings today. ... Sometimes they work and sometimes it's indigestion." -- Hurdle
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.