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NCLS Game Six: Raul Stranded on Third

Raul Ibanez led off the inning by slapping a double over the outstretched glove of Fat Juan Uribe. After a bunt by Carlos Ruiz, uncharacteristic of Charlie Manuel, advanced Raul to third, Roy Oswalt was pulled in favor of pinch hitter Ben Francisco. Bruce Bochy opted for leaving Madison Bumgarner in to face the righty and it paid off when Francisco struck out looking on a curveball over the outside part of the plate. That’s the billionth time the Phillies have failed to capitalize on runners in scoring position with less than two outs this series. Jimmy flew out easily to center.

This is beyond frustrating. Stop wasting hits.

2-2 Ineffectivenecessities.