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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Game 148: Phils win series; Lidge allows another run (87-61)

The Phils won a rain-interrupted game Sunday over the Braves, 4-2, to win the weekend series. Cliff Lee pitched 4 innings, allowing one run and five hits. Tyler Walker was excellent in relief, pitching the 5th and 6th innings. Sergio Escalona and Clay Condrey combined for the 7th, while Madson and Lidge took care of the 8th and 9th innings. Once again, the only reliever to allow a run was Lidge.

Manuel managed fine. Victorino was ejected in the top of the first after correctly arguing he was safe on a stolen-base attempt at second base, and Ben Francisco stepped in and contributed an RBI double. It was good to see Manuel go to Walker after the rain delay: his WHIP this year is well below 1.00, and he could prove to be this year's Chad Durbin, since Durbin has been struggling.

Of course, I agreed with Lidge's appearance in the 9th inning: it was a 3-run game. He allowed a two-out walk to Brooks Conrad, who advanced to second base on defensive indifference. Brian McCann singled him home before Lidge recorded the third out on a Nate McLouth strikeout. Yes, I suppose it is somewhat unfair to blame Lidge for the run since the Phillies allowed Conrad to advance to second, but Lidge struggles to hold baserunners anyway. In a one-run game, Conrad could just as easily steal a base. Regardless, Lidge earned the save, and the Phillies are only two games behind the LA Dodgers for the top record in the NL.

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