Lidge shaky, but gets save vs. Mets
This time, though, he was able to make
Lidge gave up two runs in a shaky ninth before closing out the
Lidge was demoted this week, but was called on after
“It wasn’t the fastest save, but I was happy to get it done,” said Lidge, who received a standing ovation from when he entered the game. “I’m not trying to win the ERA title.”
Kendrick pitched into the eighth inning and
Making his first
A sinkerballer, Kendrick recorded 14 groundball outs. The right-hander retired
Manager Charlie Manuel brought in reliever
“It was pretty special after (struggling) last year,” Kendrick said of the reception. “To hear that felt good.”
The 25-year-old energized the 2007
Kendrick said his low point came last October, when his teammates were celebrating their
“That was pretty bad,” he said. “I was in a hotel room by myself, and I was really upset. It wasn’t fun. I wanted to be there so bad.”
Kendrick didn’t make the team out of spring training, but compiled a 3.34 ERA in 24 starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
New York right-hander
Maine (5-5) gave up an RBI double to
Stoner gave up Victorino’s first home run since Aug. 12, a two-run shot in the fifth, and put the
Home runs have accounted for 332 of Philadelphia’s 714 runs scored this season, or 46 percent. The
That run proved big, as the
“We had a shot at it,”
Lidge, who is 0-7 with a 7.18 ERA, will take it. He was extremely grateful for the support of the sellout crowd still appreciative of the closer’s perfect season in 2008.
They began cheering wildly when “Soldiers” by Drowning Pool blared and Lidge emerged from the bullpen.
“The fans have been unbelievable through a very bad season for me,” he said. “That’s an extraordinary thing. When you have the fans behind you, it makes things a lot easier. You feel invincible. I was pretty pumped up to get that last out.”