If you like the Phillies, you had to like tonight’s win, because the team showed what they can be when the get a good effort from their starter and closer. The only blemish was a hairy ninth--which was on Chad Durbin, not Brad Lidge, and was made hairier by Ryan Howard’s throwing error. But the big guy has earned some slack with solid defense this season, wouldn’t you say? That was, after all, his first error of the year.
The gaffe allowed Lidge the opportunity to earn a save, and the embattled closer pitched well after a leadoff walk (he admitted that he was “amped” coming into the game, but was quickly able to settle). Lidge has been insisting lately—you’ve all seen the million or stories where he does this—that he feels good, everything’s coming along. After tonight’s save, he went a step farther, predicting that he was about to take off on a long run of successful appearances.