Crappy Brad Lidge reared his ugly head tonight. Great at-bat by Damon started it. But once he stole second, and third thanks to the shift and Lidge sleeping, the end began. McCarver made a lot of hay discussing the slider, and how Lidge wasn’t going to throw it with the tying run on third.
Lidge didn’t, and he should have. But he went away from it during the end of the Damon at-bat. Damon got 4 straight fastballs, the last one he lined into LF for the single. I’m pretty sure Texieria got 3 fastballs as well, with the third one hitting him. I know A-Rod got 2. Lidge’s slider is his best pitch. Seemed an odd choice he’d abandon it when he needed it most.
Not to sow the seeds of panic in Phillies fans, or fan their flames of doubt, but:
– The last team to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series: 1985 Royals, and they had Games 6 and 7 at home.
– The last team to recover from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series, and win Games 6 and 7 on the road: 1968 Tigers, and they had a 30-game winner on the roster.
It’s a cruel coincidence both those series involved the Cardinals.