It is show #666. From the side of the highway (not far from Route 66) I think about one hit wonders of baseball.
I risk my soul on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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I’ve seen many blown saves in my day.
And many of them have been by Brad Lidge… but tonight’s was a doozy, even by his breath taking standards.
The Phillies can beat the Padres and gain a game on the Giants and pick up a game on Atlanta. Oswalt was on fire… so naturally the ball was handed to Lidge.
And the inning went as expected… lead off single, runners moved up…
Then came the back to back whammies.
With 2 outs and a 1 run lead in the bottom of the 9th and an 0-2 count he HIT Ryan Ludwick to load the bases.
That’s awful. But I saw Calvin Schraldi hit Brian Downing with an 0-2 pitch with the bases loaded and a 1 run lead in the bottom of the 9th to tie a PLAYOFF game in 1986.
So Brad Lidge would have to raise his game to impress me with a blown save tonight.
Ohh he was up to the task.
With the bases loaded, a 1 run lead, 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th and an 0-2 count to Chase Headley… HE BALKS IN THE TYING RUN!
I’ve never seen that in a game between two playoff contenders.
Literally saying “We’re going to win the game… eh, let’s keep playing.”
So with a day game after a night game, the Phillies have to go deep into their pen in an extra innings game and the wonderful pitching duel between Roy Oswalt and Mat Latos is in the garbage.
All because Brad Lidge BALKED in the tying run.
Oh man… Brad Lidge’s deal with Satan is getting worse and worse.
Come on admit it… you thought Brad Lidge was going to blow ONE of these games.
Do you who else had some doubts?
Did you notice in this wild, incredible, take a longer route home Game 4 that had a pair of 3 run rallies between the bottom of the 8th and top of the 9th, when it came to slamming the door for the series, Manuel DIDN’T initally turn to Lidge.
He brought in Scott Eyre for the save.
Eyre has 4 saves… total… in a 13 year career.
Since 2004 he has a grand total of zero saves.
And last night he had to be removed after rolling on his ankle.
That’s right, Charlie Manuel brought in a guy who averages .25 saves a season on one foot to close out a playoff series.
But give Lidge credit, he closed it out.
Who knows, maybe this was part of his deal with man downstairs.
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