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Phillies Notebook: Unhappy about being lifted, Wheeler bows to Girardi's experience

He would exit with a frown after only 83 pitches, however, with the remnants of what had been a six-run Phillies lead about to be blown apart by a bullpen that is only partly recovered from its laughingstock days of the season's first month.

"I'll be honest, I was a little surprised," Wheeler said about manager Joe Girardi giving him the hook after six innings in which he allowed three runs on eight hits.

Recognizing this, he was ready to settle down again come the seventh inning, but Girardi told him to keep his bench seat instead.

NOTES >> For a doubleheader featuring the has-been Red Sox (14-28, last in AL East) and Phillies (20-17) Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park, Girardi will go with Zach Eflin (2-1, 4.45) in the opener and Vince Velasquez (0-0, 6.60) in the nightcap.

Hot starting Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm had hit a New York road stop, going 1 for 12 with nine strikeouts over the series' first three games.

"We've told him," Girardi said, "'This is the life of a big-league player, you're going to run into a lot of really good pitchers all the time.'"

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