Manuel encouraged by way Qualls is pitching

Manuel encouraged by way Qualls is pitching

Manuel encouraged by way Qualls is pitching
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Phillies hope they're getting a little more quality pitching from Chad Qualls.

He struck out the only three batters he faced in the eighth inning in Wednesday's 9-8 victory over the Twins at Target Field. The last batter reached on a wild pitch, but Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is encouraged with the way Qualls is throwing the ball.

Qualls has not allowed a run in seven of his eight appearances in June, with two holds and a 3.86 ERA.

"That's very important to us," Manuel said. "I look at him in the back [of the bullpen] as a guy we can definitely put on righties. The fact that we got those left-handed pitchers, and we have two righties, and the other team has some lefties, we can definitely switch and play some situations there with the matchups.

"But Qualls, yeah, it's very important that he pitches good. I'm not saying that he can't get lefties out, because when he's good, I know he can. He's a big piece in our 'pen."