PHILLIES’ BULLPEN ANSWERS THE CALL AGAIN IN WIN OVER REDS

By Jack Ryan

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin once again called on his bullpen — at least his late-inning relievers like Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Neris (above), both of whom pitched a scoreless inning in last night’s win.

Neris leads National League relievers with 23 innings pitched, while Gomez isn’t far behind. He’s pitched 21 2/3 innings while compiling a league-leading 14 saves.David Hernandez is the only other Phillies reliever (who’s not a long man) to pitch more than 11.

“If we continue to play so many one-run games, I’m going to have to make an adjustment,” Mackanin said. “But right now, it’s too early in the season to worry about.”

For now, Mackanin will take improving on the team’s minus-26 run differential one run at a time.

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