Fate or coincidence? If you ask me, lightning (or rain in this case) does not tend to strike twice unless it means it. For the second home start in a row for Pedro, Mother Nature intervened to bring Pedro Martinez and Jamie Moyer together once more. Martinez only notched 2 scoreless innings against the Braves before the storm came and then he had to sit through not one, but two rain delays. He almost made it to the mound after the 1st delay, but only a few minutes later, the rain came again and the umpires called for the tarp again. By the time the game resumed, Pedro was out and again, Jamie was in.
Moyer went on to pitch 4 1/3 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 5 batters. I hate to sound like a broken record, but this Martinez-Moyer 5th start duo works. Obviously some higher power is trying to sell this idea to the Phillies as well. Fate has intervened yet again and brought the Phillies a win on the strength of this Batman and Robin combo.
bat did not hurt the situation either; Howard blasted 2 home runs for 3 RBI in the game plus a double and a walk. Howard looked like there was nothing he could not hit, rain or no rain. Pedro Feliz had the only other RBI for the Phillies which came off a single to score Raul Ibanez from third.
Charlie Manuel, the most loyal manager in baseball, sent Ryan Madson out for the 8th inning and Brad Lidge out for the 9th again. Both pitchers have struggled, especially Lidge who looks like a shell of his former self. Madson got into trouble in the 8th, loaded the bases and allowed a run to score. But he worked his way out of the potential disaster and handed the game to Lidge.
With a 4-2 lead, Lidge pitched a clean inning and secured the win for the Phillies. Do not jump up and down just yet; it has been this type of performance that Lidge has been unable to duplicate all season long. No one, except maybe Manuel, is convinced yet that this is the end of the Lidge problems, although we all hope that it may be so :O)
Tonight the series will continue with the Braves at 7:05pm. The match-up of Cliff Lee and Derek Lowe should be an interesting one!
By the way, the Phillies Cruise package that I posted yesterday is still available! And yes, I will be going! I also went last year and can attest that is was the BEST vacation ever! Hanging out with major league players, their families and fellow fans….what could be better? NOTHING I tell you….nothing. Join us!
Photoshopping by Jenn