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Game 5 outcome rides on the bullpens

Game 5 outcome rides on the bullpens

Starting pitchers Cole Hamels and Scott Kazmir will watch the end of Game 5 in the World Series from the bench, whenever that happens.
Philadelphia's Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero or Brad Lidge will be needed once play resumes in the game that was suspended because of rain in the sixth inning Monday night with the scored tied 2-2. Tampa Bay's Grant Balfour, David Price or Dan Wheeler could get the call from the bullpen.
That's fine with both managers, who have confidence in their relievers.
"We have a pretty rested bullpen," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Grant is in the game as of right now."
Hamels allowed two runs in six innings for the Phillies. Kazmir lasted only four innings for the Rays and Balfour had just pitched a scoreless fifth.
"Naturally we're not happy Hamels is out of the game, but one of our strengths is our bullpen and that's where we'll pick it up when we play," Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said.
The Phillies bullpen have helped them take the 3-1 World Series lead. Their relievers have allowed one run and two hits in 8 2-3 innings. Lidge hasn't been needed since saving Philadelphia's Game 1 victory.
"They did it all year," Phillies starter Brett Myers said. "They deserve a lot of credit. It's fun to watch those guys pitch. You have full confidence when they come in."
The Rays need to be better to have any shot at sending the Series home for Games 6 and 7 if they are needed. They allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 12 1-3 innings entering Game 5.
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FAN BEHAVIOR: _ Joe Maddon has enjoyed some good-natured ribbing about beer and baseball with fans behind the Rays' dugout.
The Tampa Bay manager, though, was angered when some of that notorious bad behavior by the Philadelphia fans surfaced during Games 3 and 4. Maddon said family members of players and other members of Tampa Bay's organization have been verbally harassed by Phillies fans. He said some Phillies fans even threw mustard packets from the concession stands at his granddaughter.
"I know it's been well documented. I've attended events here as a fan myself," said Maddon, raised about 100 miles (160-kilometers ) outside Philadelphia. "But when it strikes home at your family, then you have to say something. I think somebody has make a stand at some point."
Rays officials have been in touch with the Phillies about tightening security. Maddon said before Game 5 he was hopeful that would improve the hostile situation.
"Throwing mustard packs at my granddaughter is not very cool," Maddon said. "The other part about it I'm good with. If you want to be vociferous with us, I am fine with that ... but leave the families alone."


Updated : 2021-07-24 06:12 GMT+08:00