Even Houdini would have been proud. After an ugly, ugly performance, the Phillies managed to escape Cincinnati with a series split with today’s win mostly thanks to Pat Burrell’s 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s. I guess this means I can officially take my Burrell jersey out of the closet and wear it around town, no longer having to fear being heckled as I wander about. Whew! It’s about time…Pat deserves his due!
So the team will earn no points for style in today’s win, adding 2 more errors to an already horrific defensive year and looking generally confused as they have since the start, but it’s a win none the less and we’ll take it! Tom Gordon had a great shut down inning and I am sure felt he was able to redeem himself after that disaster in opening day. That will go a long way for his mental state. Also, his curve ball appears to be back and working…good news all around.
As for Brad Lidge…I’ll grade him a “C” for now. I was unhappy with the walk which ballooned into a near disaster in the 9th. He started to look a bit nervous after that, and next thing you know, wild pitches and things start going haywire. Your closer needs to be cool, calm and collected. I am not yet convinced. But, I am also not dissuaded either…giving him the benefit of the doubt here because he did look good in Sunday’s game….let’s see how the next series goes.