In the seventh inning Sunday, Terry Collins chose to keep Vic Black pitching to face left-handed hitting Chase Utley, instead of using LHP Josh Edgin.
Utley then delivered a two-out, two-run triple.
Collins later explained he wanted to get a full inning out of Black since Jeurys Familia was unavailable after facing five batters the day before. However, after Utley’s hit, Collins removed Black for Edgin, who struck out Ryan Howard to end the inning. Edgin stayed in the game and struck out the side in the eighth inning.
Later, in the ninth inning, after Marlon Byrd singled and stole second base, Collins had Jenrry Mejia intentionally walk Utley ahead of Howard, who then delivered a game-winning RBI single.
“I wanted to finish, but I’m not the manager,” Mejia later told reporters. “I just pitch and have to do whatever the manager wants me to do.”
Collins said he wanted Mejia facing Howard, who had been struggling at the plate, as opposed to Utley, who he characterized as the best hitter on their team.
Collins is one of many managers on the hot seat, according to columnist Ken Rosenthal (Fox Sports, August 10).