By the third inning, the series was in the balance as Shan Victorino blooped a double and remained on second base with two out and Ryan Howard coming to the plate. That's when the managerial wheels began to spin.
The situation: Runner on second, two out, top of the Phillies third.
Sveum had Suppan intentionally walk Howard to pitch to Pat Burrell, who came into the game 0-for-8 in the series.
The outcome: Burrell hit a three-run homer deep to left on a 2-2 pitch, essentially breaking open the game and giving the Phillies a 4-0 lead. A moment later, Jayson Werth made it 5-0 with his back-to-back shot.
The analysis: "Well, the goal there coming into this series was not let Howard hit two-pointers against you. It's not that difficult of a decision. Burrell came into the series hitting .170 off righties the last 30 days. Unfortunately, obviously, he was our Achilles tendon today." -- Sveum
Too much Blanton
The situation: Joe Blanton had a three-hit shutout for six innings and led off the top of the seventh, but he had thrown 99 pitches already at that point.
Phils manager Charlie Manuel let Blanton hit for himself.
The outcome: Blanton opened the bottom of the seventh by allowing a full-count homer to Prince Fielder and a single by J.J. Hardy. Manuel then replaced Blanton with Ryan Madson, who pitched two innings.
The analysis: "I was fine. I fell behind to Fielder and he made me pay for it. I didn't want to walk him to start off an inning. I threw him a good pitch earlier [in the fourth] and he attacked it and lined out. This time he beat me. I wasn't surprised that Charlie left me in there. I was pitching a good game and we had a comfortable lead." -- Blanton
Why pull Parra?
The situation: Left-handed reliever Manny Parra struck out Chase Utley and Howard to open the eighth.
Sveum replaced Parra with the right-handed Guillermo Mota to pitch to the righty-swinging Burrell.
The outcome: That didn't work, either. Burrell homered on an 0-2 pitch, making the score 6-1 and putting the game out of reach.
The analysis: "On two pitches [on Burrell] we had the count in our favor. Unfortunately, it didn't work out. You know, Manny did his job and threw the heck out of the ball. And we wanted to get a right-hander on the mound [Mota] with a slider, and unfortunately he threw a bad 0-2 pitch to him. Once again, we had him in the count we wanted him, and we just made a bad pitch. -- Sveum