Carpenter to start; Lidge says confidence and stuff are there

Well, that was a wild one.

Before we get into the details that I'm sure you are all dying to know, I'd like to point out one thing. Prior to the start of the 12th inning, officials at Nationals Park put a message on the scoreboard informing fans that the post-game fireworks display would be postponed thanks to the late game. Something about concern for the neighbors. All well and good, right? Well, a good chunk of the remaining fans (there weren't many) took this as their cue to head for the exits. The game was tied. In the top of the 12th. The Nationals had tied it in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the ninth against Brad Lidge. But apparently, the fireworks were the only thing worth sticking around for. Amazing to me.


1) Andrew Carpenter has been recalled. He will start Saturday's nightcap thanks to the unavailability of J.A. Happ, who pitched two innings of scoreless relief while picking up his second win of the season. It's unfortunate for him. He hasn't been able to buy a big league start over much of the last year. But he pitched well, and his time will come. As for Carpenter, the Phillies had planned on calling him up regardless of tonight's result, because they felt they needed him for the bullpen for the doubleheader. Kyle Kendrick was available, but Manuel said the fact that Kendrick had never pitched out of the bullpen was one reason Carpenter was the choice. Left unsaid was that the Phillies want Kendrick to focus on revamping his game. And a call-up, however brief, could impact that. Carpenter will make his first big league start. It's a spot start that almost certainly will not result in another. But it will be fun to watch him pitch and see what he brings. He was 1-0 with a 4.72 ERA in six starts at Lehigh Valley. He turns 25 on Sunday.

2) Brad Lidge is a true professional, and he answered five minutes worth of questions about his second blown save of the season. He does not seem shaken at all. He says he feels good. Charlie Manuel says there is no problem with his stuff. "That's baseball," Manuel said.

Lidge has been through this before, although not since 2007.

“The first time you go through a rough time, you tend to make over-adjustments and you analyze too much,” Lidge said. “Obviously at this point in my career, I feel very confident in my stuff. I know it’s going to work. It’s just I have to get on the right page with things, make sure I’m doing the right things out there. I need to make an adjustment and I’ll have to figure out what that is. There is no question I need to throw better. It’s been bad. I’ve been bad. But like I said, I feel confident and my stuff is there so at some point I know things are going to go really well.”

3) Miguel Cairo has been designated for assignment. The Phillies expect him to report to Lehigh Valley.

That's all for now. I'm going to go check back into my hotel and figure out how to stretch one days worth of clothes into three. Either that or fall asleep on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. I'm good at sleeping and driving. But not that good.