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Phillies 2008 World Series Hero Brad Lidge Plans to Retire

The most iconic photo of Brad Lidge.

The most iconic photo of Brad Lidge.

Free-agent reliever and former Phillies Brad Lidge has informed his agents, Rex Gary & Jim Turner, that he plans to retire.

Lidge, who was a perfect 41-for-41 in the regular season and another 7-for-7 in save opportunities during the Phillies 2008 World Series championship season, will hang the cleats up after 11 seasons in the Majors.

Lidge’s career was filled with ultimate lows and highs, including the infamous home run he gave up to Albert Pujols in 2005 to his perfect season as a Phillie.

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Phillies Deal for Wilton Lopez Squashed

A deal for Astros reliever Wilton Lopez fell through, possibly due to a failed physical.

The Phillies agreed to acquire Lopez, who had elbow problems last season, for a handful of near-Major League-ready prospects.

Jim Salisbury writes:

While it’s unclear if the Phils backed away from the Lopez deal because of health concerns, it is clear that the team is still looking for a reliever who can help in the eighth inning. Finding one will be one of GM Ruben Amaro Jr.’s missions at the winter meetings, which begin Monday in Nashville.

Before Lopez, the Phillies expressed interest in free agent Ryan Madson, who signed with the Angels. Mike Adams is still on the free-agent market. The Phils were interested in trading for him two seasons ago when he was in San Diego.

Brandon Lyon was also mentioned as being on the Phillies radar.

Phillies acquire reliever Wilton Lopez

According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports, the Phillies have acquired reliever Wilton Lopez from the Houston Astros for three unnamed prospects.

Details are still being finalized so it is unclear which prospects will be headed to Houston in the deal. Heyman did report that they’re expected to be near-MLB ready.

Lopez is coming off a good season in which he went 6-3 with a 2.17 ERA. The 29-year old right-hander converted 10 saves and had 54 strikeouts and only 8 walks in 64 games for the Astros.

More details to come.

Phillies Drop Three of Four to Lowly Astros

Astros 7, Phillies 6
WP – Wesley Wright (2-2, 3.19)
LP – Antonio Bastardo (2-5, 4.63)
SV – Wilton Lopez (6)

HOUSTON — The Phillies ran into a little bit of a problem in Houston.

Fortunately for them, a split between the Dodgers and Cardinals happened in their four-game series and the Phillies only dropped to four games back of St. Louis and three back of Los Angeles despite losing three games to Houston.

Yesterday, it was a poor effort by Antonio Bastardo and Phillippe Aumont led to a four-run 7th inning that enabled the Astros to beat Philadelphia, 7-6.

While holding a 4-3 lead in the 7th, Bastardo put a couple runners on and was pulled in favor of Aumont. Aumont then proceeded to walk Brandon Laird to load the bases.

Justin Maxwell followed up with a two-run double to give Houston a 5-4 lead. Aumont then coughed up a two-run single to Matt Dominguez to make it a 7-4 game.

Philadelphia’s attempt at a comeback failed despite putting two runs up in the 8th inning thanks to a Domonic Brown two-run double.

2B: Rollins (33), Pierre (10), Howard (11), Martinez (3), Brown (9).

Boxscore.

Phillies Blanked By Astros In Houston

Astros 5, Phillies 0
WP – Dallas Keuchel (2-7, 4.97)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 3.65)

HOUSTON — The Phillies are playing inconsistent ball at the worst possible time.

A dat after lighting up the Astros, the bats went quiet. Houston went on to score five runs, beating Philadelphia 5-0 Saturday night.

The Phillies had trouble stranding runners in scoring position again, much like they did Thursday. They went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base while managing only seven hits.

Kyle Kendrick’s string of quality starts snapped with his below average performance. He lasted five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits on seven hits while striking out four.

On the other side, Dallas Keuchel left the Phillies offense searching for answers. He pitched into the 6th inning, allowing five hits and four walks without recording a strikeout.

The rest of Houston’s bullpen finished up the job, and it dropped the Phillies to 73-73 and 3.5 games behind St. Louis with 16 games to play.

2B: Wigginton (11), Frandsen (4).

Boxscore.

Mayberry’s Three-RBI Night Paces Phils

Phillies 12, Astros 6
WP – Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06)
LP – Edgar Gonzalez (2-1, 4.40)

HOUSTON — A night after blowing a 4-0 lead, the Phillies made sure that they didn’t suffer a similar fate against the Astros this time around.

After the Astros cut the Phillies lead to 5-3 courtesy of a Matt Downs two-run home run, the offense showed up in a big way. The Phillies tacked on four insurance runs on their way to a 12-6 victory on Friday night.

John Mayberry Jr. led the charge as he went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. Each Phillies starter minus Carlos Ruiz, had at least one hit.

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Game 145: Playing Time For Ruf?

HOUSTON — Nearly a week has passed and the Phillies have yet to turn Double-A outfield prospect Darin Ruf loose on Major League hitting.

The fans on Twitter have been growing a bit restless at this notion, and deservedly so. But they also have to remember that Ruf, despite being 26, has never faced hitting above the Double-A level, and that is a huge jump.

The main reason Charlie Manuel wanted Ruf in Philadelphia the first place was to see what Ruf can do first-hand, and work with the slugger’s hitting mechanics to prepare him for a season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley next season.

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Bullpen Blows Lead; Phillies Winning Streak Snapped

Astros 6, Phillies 4
WP – Wesley Wright (1-2, 3.33)
LP – Phillippe Aumont (0-1, 3.00)
SV – Wilton Lopez (5)

HOUSTON — Throwing strikes killed the Phillies bullpen and their seven-game winning streak.

Phillippe Aumont and Jake Diekman looked bad in the 8th inning and Jed Lowries two-out, two-run double was the result of that. The double gave Houston a 5-4 lead en route to a 6-4 win over the Phillies Thursday night, snapping a seven-game winning streak.

After walking the tying run and hitting the go-ahead run in the 8th, Charlie Manuel pulled a gassed Aumont from his fifth appearance in five days. Diekman followed up by surrendering a two-run double to Jed Lowrie and RBI single by Brandon Barmes to make it a 6-4 game.

Erik Kratz got the Phillies offense going in the 2nd inning with his RBI double.

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Series Preview: at Houston Astros

PHI: 72-71, 3rd in NL East; HOU: 45-98, 6th in NL Central

When: September 13-16
Where: Minute Maid Park (Houston, TX)

Probable Pitchers
Thursday: Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.24) vs Lucas Harrell (10-9, 3.83)
Friday: Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.03) vs Edgar Gonzalez (2-0, 1.74)
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (9-10, 3.83) vs Dallas Keuchel (1-7, 5.35)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.01) vs TBD

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 8:05, PHL 17
Friday, 8:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:05, CSN
Sunday, 2:05, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Phillies Test Cloyd; Will Pitch Him On Short Rest

PHILADELPHIA — Due to the Phillies double-header this past Sunday, the Phillies will be forced to throw a starter out on short rest.

Fortunately for Philadelphia, Tyler Cloyd didn’t have an extended outing on Sunday and he will be the pitcher that pitches on short rest Thursday against the Astros.

Cloyd lasted only four innings, throwing 76 pitches in the Phillies 7-4 win over the Rockies, and he will go out and face the Astros on only three days of rest.

“With my pitch count last night, it shouldn’t be too bad,” Cloyd said. “We’ll dial down the lifting and the bullpen [before Thursday]. We’ll just work on little things and get ready for Thursday.”

Cloyd is 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 17 innings this season after making three starts.

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