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No Relief In Sight As Phils Lose Third Straight

By Ian Sontag

Giving up runs in the eighth and ninth innings by the Philadephia Phillies is something their fans aren't used to seeing. But over the last two nights against the San Diego Padres, this has become a habit.

The Phils had been 79-0 in the regular season and 8-0 in the Postseason last year with a lead after eight innings, but the last two nights has been truly a tale of two seasons.

Ryan Madson, previously had not allowed any runs this season until last night when he gave up three and took the loss. Again this evening, it seemed like the Padres knew what was coming from Madson as they smacked him around in the eighth again (30 pitches thrown) for two hits, a walk and a run-which had him set for a second straight loss in two days, but the team bailed him out with two in the bottom of the eighth-and all of the sudden he was in line for the win.

Lights Out (Brad) Lidge came in for the normal save situation with a one run lead. Now Lidge has been shaky thus far this year, allowing hits, runs, and even homeruns, while still managing that perfect save streak in tact.

They (who is they?) say all good things must come to an end and tonight it did as Lidge blew his first save since September 23, 2007 and eventually took the loss for the Phils as the Padres came back for the second straight night 8-5.

Giving up a leadoff double, moving the runner to third, and then scoring him is the perfect version of small ball. The Padres played that well and then Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a perfect heart of the plate fastball into the left field seats for the winning margin.

So, runs given up in the eight and ninth innings is tough to swallow after starter Brett Myers pitched a pretty fair game for 6+ inninngs.

The Phightins received homers from Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez. Normally, this should be enough to roll, but these were only soloshots.

Six extra base hits from the visitors, including two more homeruns (25 on the year).

So, the Phillies will try to regroup and salvage the next two games of this series to earn a split. Phils are sending Chan Ho Park to the mound against Walter Silva.

1 comment:

  1. Wait, it appears as though relief is in sight as Ian Sontag has apparently followed Christine Cartafalsa into early retirement. The 15 people who visit this slow to load mess of a website kept half-legit by Hohman's contribution will be thankful.

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