Lidge Blows The Save In Loss

Everything looked good for the Philadelphia Phillies heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, leading the New York Yankees, 4-2.

You couldn't of asked for a better start from J.A Happ, who made his first start of the season. He allowed just two runs on four hits in six innings of work. He did not allow a walk and struck out four batters of the powerful Yankee lineup.

Raul Ibanez hit his major league leading 17th home run to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Tied at one, rookie John Mayberry Jr. hit a three run home run in his Major League debut.

Mayberry was the first Phillies player to hit a home run for his first major league hit since Chase Utley hit a grand slam in his major league debut in 2003.

Mayberry's father, (who was in attendance but mistaken for another fan on FOX's broadcast) hit his last home run of 255 at the old Yankee Stadium.

The bridge led to Lidge with a 4-2 lead in the ninth. Lidge continued his struggles walking the leadoff batter. The mead of the lineup was due up and it hurt him. Alex Rodriguez homered to tie the game at four. Blown save for Lidge.

Robinson Cano singled up the middle and stole second base. Melky Cabrera singled into the gap, scoring Cano. Yankees win 5-4. Loss for Lidge.

After being perfect in save opportunities in 2008, Lidge has blown 3 in 11 opportunities this season. His ERA has soared over 9. It makes you wonder what's next for Lidge. Is his knee still bothering him? Are the players in the dugout going to need to get out their Curt Schilling towels and put them on their heads? He has struggled before with the Astros and needed a change of scenary to get back to his old self. All we can hope is its a phase and he can go back to being "Lights Out."


daddylauren said...

Madson is so dominate right now, it may be time the Phils make him the 9th inning closer. Lidge is not the guy right now.

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