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Monday, July 26, 2010

Game 99: Back to back saves for Lights out Lidge complete sweep (53-46)

The Phillies looked to be cruising to a 5-2 victory until Brad Lidge came into the game. Not only did he allowe two runs in the ninth, he loaded the bases after that. Again with the tying run on third, he got the final out for a 1-run save. Whatever.

A huge reason Lidge struggled so much today (a 34-pitch save?) was all the lefties he had to face. He's not that comfortable against lefties, as evidenced by his intentional walk on a 1-1 count to Jason Giambi with a righty on deck. Had JC Romero still been available, Manuel likely would have removed Lidge for the lefty with Carlos Gonzalez and Giambi up back-to-back. However, he was used for 3 lefties in the top of the 8th inning, and the general manager seems okay with only having one lefty in the bullpen. They need another one.

Regardless, Brad Lidge will almost certainly be unavailable tomorrow, having thrown 60+ pitches in the past two days. That could actually be a good thing.

Manuel did pretty well. He stacked the lineup with lefties against Jason Hammel (career .364 OBP allowed versus lefties) and it worked out. He did allow Romero to face a righty in the eighth (walk on 4 pitches), but the other three batters he faced were lefties and the Phils had a 3-run lead. Not bad at all.

Today was a huge game to win since Atlanta was off; they now trail by 4.5 games. After the Giants game tonight, they'll either be 3.5 or 2.5 out of the wild card. The Giants are playing very well (+83 run differential; Phillies are at +43). It could be easier to catch Atlanta than San Francisco at this point.

Tomorrow the Phils play Arizona at 7:05 pm when Cole Hamels faces RHP Rodrigo Lopez.

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