Aug 222011
Phillies closer Brad Lidge

Brad Lidge serves up the seldom seen walkoff hit-by-pitch

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Another rain delay, another blown save in Phillies loss to Nationals

August 22

With one strike to go Sunday, the visiting fans that commandeered Nationals Park roared as the Phillies players and coaches perked up in the dugout. The reward for enduring 5 hours and 50 minutes worth of rain delays in a span of four days was one strike away. Antonio Bastardo was the pitcher who would throw that strike, as good as any guarantee in baseball this season.  “Sometimes we miss a pitch,” Bastardo said later, after the Phillies had lost, 5-4, to the Washington Nationals in 10 innings.

Lidge takes hit in Phillies loss to Nationals

August 22

As Ryan Zimmerman jogged home to touch home plate in the bottom of the 10th inning, Brad Lidge stood in front of the mound with a blank expression on his face, his brain not yet capable of processing the event that had just occured.  “Normally, that’s a pitch for me that I know when I release it where it’s going to go,” Lidge said later. “That one didn’t go where I thought it was going to go. So it was surprising.”

Rollins tweets he has groin strain, will go on DL

August 22 CSN Philly

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins tweeted on Monday that he will go on the disabled list with a strained right groin.  “Soooooo this is what we got…mild grade 2 strain. DL,” Rollins tweeted. He added later, “Gone till September………”Rollins left Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals in the third inning seemingly after straining his groin fielding a bouncing ball behind second base before pirouetting and throwing out Nationals catcher Jesus Flores at first base. He underwent an MRI Monday morning.”

Phillies’ Brown struggling in return to triple A

August 22

The skeleton-themed jersey was a new promotion, but not quite surprising. Same goes for the small monkeys that rode the backs of dogs as part of Rodeo Night. But the top-prospect-turned-Mendoza-line balancing act? That’s not quite as easy to advertise.  In the three weeks since he was demoted to triple-A Lehigh Valley, Domonic Brown hasn’t been able to find a groove at the plate. Since returning here, he has knocked in just two runs in 67 at-bats while going hitless in nine games for a batting average of .179.

Plenty of uh-oh moments for Phillies fans

August 22 columnist Bill Conlin

FOR PHILLIES fans genetically disposed to the notion that even in the best of times the dread undertoad is waiting to drown all hope, we are in the “Oh, no . . . ” segment of the schedule.  Events with high potential for impeding the relentless march toward a November parade most likely merit upgrading to, “Oh, bleep . . .”  The Atlanta Braves are playing about as well as a team can play – scary-well, in fact – but have managed to cut just three games off what had swollen to an 9 1/2-game lead in the buried NL East.

Phils’ bullpen a cause for alarm? Not yet

August 22 columnist Paul Hagen

The thing about bullpens, see, is that even the best ones tend to be a work in progress. Managers and pitching coaches have a plan. Then some guys get overworked. Other guys couldn’t get into the game if they bought a ticket.  Throw in some rain and pretty soon that neat, little chart looks a lot like the lineup card at the end of a 16-inning game, all tattered and dog-eared and messy with names written in here and crossed out there.

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