Monday, October 12, 2009

Brad Lidge Gets The Job Done!

Philadelphia Phillies 6 - Colorado Rockies 5, Game 3
Philadelphia Phillies 5 - Colorado Rockies 4, Game4
Phillies win series, 3-1

Who would have thought that after Cliff Lee's complete game, 5-1 masterpiece in Game 1, the Phillies and Rockies would engage in 1-run duals the rest of the way-- and the Phillies and their (inept) bullpen would prevail in 2 out of the 3 games?

Going into the series, it was no secret that the Phillies bullpen was suspect. Closer Brad Lidge (0-8, 7.21 ERA, 11 blown saves) had a nightmare of a regular season. Colorado's Huston Street, on the other hand, had a great regular season, going 4-1, 35 out of 37 in save opportunities, 3.06 ERA.

Street came thru in Game 2 for the Rockies, pitching a scoreless 9th and preserving a 5-4 win for starter, Aaron Cook (1-0). But the roof collapsed on Street (0-2) in Games 3 and 4. He wound up the losing pitcher in both games, surrendering the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th inning of Game 3 and blowing the save and then the lead in the bottom of the 9th in Game 4.

Then ironically, it was Lidge-- the guy everyone, including myself, threw under the bus, who closed both games for the Phillies, earning 2 saves after Street's 2 poor performances. Lidge preserved a 6-5 victory in Game 3 and a 5-4 victory in Game 4.

But the important numbers in this series are-- Lidge, 0 BLOWN SAVES, and Street, 1 BLOWN SAVE. And in a 5 game series, 1 blown save could just be the nail in the coffin. And, um, in this case-- it was.

Photos courtesy of the AP

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