Brad Lidge allowed 2 base runners with only 1 out in the bottom of the 9th in a 4-3 game tonight; just as Phillies fans everywhere were ready to throw in the towel again, Lidge buckled down and got the next 2 batters out to save the game. Whew! Does he have to make every save a tummy-turner? Oh well, at least he got the job done.
Cole Hamels did his job too; 6 innings pitched and 3 runs allowed. Not super, but good enough to win the game. And the offense only had 7 hits in the game, including a Ryan Howard solo home run, but it was also enough to win the game. They faced a very tough pitcher, so we will take it.
And while Hamels is our pitching Angel, Chan Ho Park has been the Devil.After Spring Training, many thought JA Happ should have been given the 5th starters spot, but instead, the Phillies went with Park. That turned out to be a big mistake as Park limped through April and the first part of May with a lousy 7.08 ERA. The Phils finally came to their senses and sent him to the pen where he belongs. Happ will take over the 5th spot starting this Saturday against the Yankees. Talk about a trial by fire…this poor kid has to be shaking in his boots. He finally gets the job he deserves and now he has to face A-Rod and Jeter. We wish him luck!
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