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09/28/2008 Archived Entry: "Phillies Journal - 2008"

Phillies Journal - 2008
by Max Blue


What’s going on here? Lights Out Lidge is struggling, boy is he struggling. No blown saves in the entire season – none – 40 for 40 – Lights Out, baby. But here he is in the ninth inning with the bases loaded, only one out, and the tying run on third against the last place Washington Nationals. Lidge has given up three hits, a walk, and a run to cut the lead to 4-3 in a game the Phillies need to clinch the National League East division championship. What’s going on here? He faces Nats’ Ryan Zimmerman, if not their best hitter, too close for comfort. Zimmerman raps a hard ground ball up the middle, it looks like a two-run single and a blown save. How could you do it, Lidge? But wait! Jimmie Rollins makes a diving stop behind second base, flips from his knees to Chase Utley flashing across the bag for one out; Utley is poetry in motion, firing to Ryan Howard for a game-ending, championship clinching double play. Had ‘em all the way. Right, Lidge?

(with apologies to Franklin Pierce Adams)
These are the saddest of possible words:
Rollins to Utley to Howard.
Trio of Phillies, and fleeter than birds,
Rollins to Utley to Howard.
Ruthlessly pricking our New York Mets bubble,
words that are heavy with nothing but trouble,
Rollins to Utley to Howard.

Saturday, September 27, 2008. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia – 4, Washington – 3.
WP – Moyer (16-7), LP – Lannan (9-15).
H – Durbin (17), Madson (17). S – Lidge (41).
HR – Werth (24), 5th.

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