PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Madson will be the pitcher for the Phillies when they take the field in the top of the seventh inning tonight. Manager Charlie Manuel just made that announcement but has still not said who will pinch hit for Cole Hamels when the game begins in the bottom of the sixth.
The score is tied at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Hamels' spot will be the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the sixth for the Phillies. Reliever Grant Balfour, who got the last three outs of the fifth, will likely pitch the sixth as well for the Rays. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are scheduled to bat fourth and fifth, respectively, for the Phillies and the thinking is that Tampa manager Joe Maddon will go with lefty David Price at that point. No. 6 hitter Dioner Navarro will be the first Tampa Bay hitter in the top of the seventh against Madson.
It's going to be all hands on deck in both bullpens. Both managers have indicated that potential Game Six and Seven starters won't be used. That means James Shields and Matt Garza for Tampa won't pitch and Brett Myers will be held out for the Phillies. Philadelphia hasn't tipped its Game Seven hand yet, be it Jamie Moyer or Joe Blanton. Hamels won't start Game Seven; he's never pitched on three days rest and Manuel said he has concern about his ace's finger after it was struck by a pitch while he was trying to bunt Monday night.
The current linescore is 2-5-0 for Tampa Bay and 2-4-1 for Philadelphia. Here's a recap of the lineups and how they've done in this game so far:
Tampa Bay Philadelphia
Iwamura, 2b (1-3) Rollins, ss (0-2, BB)
Crawford, lf (0-3) Werth, rf (1-1, 1 R, 2 BB)
Upton, cf (1-3, 1 R) Utley, 2b (0-2, 1 R, HBP)
Pena, 1b (2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI) Howard, 1b (0-2, BB)
Longoria, 3b (1-3, 1 RBI) Burrell, lf (0-1, 2 BBs)
Navarro, c (0-1, BB) Victorino, cf (1-3, 2 RBIs)
Baldelli, rf (0-1, BB) Feliz, 3b (1-3)
Bartlett, ss (0-2) Ruiz, c (1-3)
Balfour, p (0-0) Pinch-hitter for Hamels