Lidge nails down thriller for Phils
DENVER -- The doors swung open, and he jogged in from centerfield as the faithful back home -- the ones still awake, that is -- held their breath as they watched. It was exactly 2 a.m. in Philadelphia. Seventeen hundred miles away, a cold chill whipped through the Colorado air in Coors Field; the temperature in the Mile High City: 24 degrees. And here was
And then the most improbable thing of this strange night in Denver happened: Lidge saved the game. Yes, there was drama; of course there would be drama. On two pitches, Lidge retired
"I was starting to get that feeling again that things were going to go right," the embattled closer said after the game. "When the postseason starts, it's a whole new slate."
The story of the night, besides the Lambeau-like weather? The Phillies bullpen, believed to be a glaring weakness, held the Rockies to one run after the fourth inning of the 6-5 thriller. After a short night from starter
It seemed early that this game would more resemble a Coors Field slugfest circa 1999, pre-humidor, than a pitcher's duel. In the first inning,
After pinch-hitting for Madson in the eighth -- in his spot,
It's on to Game 4 on Monday -- the Denver forecast calls for a high of 55 -- as the defending champs trot out a lefthander to start for the fourth straight time in this series. Philly's
The Phillies certainly hope he does. One more win and it's on to the NLCS, where the Dodgers -- and sunny skies -- await in SoCal.