Holy schnikes, almost didn't pull that one out. Brad Lidge gave Phils fans a few heart attacks last night, hell make that a baker's dozen. In the end everything is fine and dandy though, as Lidge converted his 28th save of the season; extending the Phils lead in the NL East to 2.5 games over the Marlins and 3 games over the Mets. Brett Myers went 6 quality innings, throwing only 64 pitches (46 for strikes). Shane Victorino supplied the fire power with a 3-run bomb that gave the Phils the lead in the 8th. Phils record now at 61-50 with an off day today to get ready for a big 3 game showdown in Philly against the Fish starting Tuesday.
22 Man Roster:
Charlie Manuel has opted to go with a 22 man roster until Pedro Feliz, Tom Gordon, and Rudy Seanez return. Okay, not really, but it sure seems that way. Poor JA Happ and Mike Cervenak are collecting dust on the bench and recent call-up Les Walrond should expect the same treatment. I understand not using these guys in close games, but Cervenak can't be much worse of a pinch-hitting option than So Taguchi and Happ and/or Walrond can't be much worse of a relief option than Ryan Madson. Stop making these guys ride the pine and give them a chance Charlie, they may surprise you.
The Phillies offense is built upon the foundation of the homerun, as they lead MLB with 157. In fact, the trio of Ryan Howard (31), Chase Utley (28), and Pat Burrell (27) have more homeruns combined (86) than 6 teams (Twins, Giants, Dodgers, Nationals, Athletics, and Blue Jays).