Saturday, September 5, 2009

Lidge blows save, game vs. former team

Brad Lidge entered the game in the ninth with the team clinging to a 4-3 lead, looking for a victory after the team rallied from a 3-0 deficit. After loading the bases with one out by allowing former Phillies Chris Coste and Jason Michaels to reach, Lidge induced a groundball from another former Phil, Michael Bourn. Ryan Howard made a nice play and threw home to Carlos Ruiz for a force at the plate. Lidge followed by allowing a walk-off, two-run single to Kaz Matsui, delivering a 5-4 victory to Houston.

The offense struggled early against Roy Oswalt, but Joe Blanton kept the team in the game and the Phils made their comeback, turning a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead.

Brett Myers pitched a scoreless eighth, facing just three batters, in his first regular season relief appearance since the Phillies clinched the NL East in 2007.

Lidge had been pitching well as of late and appeared to be on the right track. Tonight's setback is a major cause of concern as the season is winding down and the Phillies need someone who can get the job done.

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