"That's kind of his spot," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said of Durbin. "We're down by two runs. That's his spot. Durbin has been known at times to be kind of a slow starter. So has [left-hander Jeremy] Horst. That kind of happens sometimes. We've just got to play. Right now, we're pitching who we have. That's who we have right now."
The Phillies like right-hander Phillippe Aumont, whom they project as a late-inning reliever, but they believe he doesn't have the experience or consistency yet for that spot. Aumont pitched in a low-leverage situation in the ninth with the Phillies trailing by five. He allowed two walks, one hit, one balk and struck out two in a scoreless inning. He threw 28 pitches (14 strikes).
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.