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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 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.

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.

A Winning Streak!: Phils Win Third Straight On Pence Walk-Off

Phillies RF Hunter Pence hits a walk off home run off Astros closer Brett Myers in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Phillies 4, Astros 3
WP – Jake Diekman (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Brett Myers (0-1, 2.08)

PHILADELPHIA — An ex-Astro hitting for the Phillies took an ex-Phillie pitching for the Astros deep in walk-off fashion.

Hunter Pence recovered from a near-costly fielding miscue earlier in the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the 10th off Brett Myers, his second of the game, to win the game for the Phillies, 4-3.

The win was the third straight for the Phillies, their first three-game winning streak all season. It was also their first series sweep, though a two-gamer, of the season.

Pence’s error in the bottom of the 9th nearly cost the Phillies the game.

Chad Qualls had already allowed a run to score in the 9th inning, cutting the Phillies lead to 3-2. It was then that the wheels nearly fell off for the Phillies bullpen once again.

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Polanco’s 2,000th Hit A Special One

Only 268 other players in Major League Baseball history had done what Placido Polanco had done.

The bat signed by Placido Polanco he gave to the fan who caught his 2,000th hit. (Photo via Ryan Petzar/97.3 ESPN).

But not many did it the way Polanco did last night.

In the 8th inning of the Phillies 5-1 win over Houston, Polanco took Astros pitcher David Carpenter deep to left-center field for his first home run of the season. It was also hit number 2,000 for Polanco.

One lucky fan (via PhilliesNation.com) got to share a piece of the history created from Polanco’s bat. Ryan McCoy of Pottstown, PA caught Polanco’s historic ball, and immediately gave the ball back to Polanco.

Polanco wasn’t going to let the fan walk away empty-handed, signing a bat for him (but with the wrong date on the barrel, as seen in the photo).

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Polanco Hits 2,000th in Phillies 5-1 Win

Phillies 3B Placido Polanco celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the 8th inning, which was also his 2,000th hit in his career. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Phillies 5, Astros 1
WP – Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96)
LP – Lucas Harrell (2-3, 4.40)

PHILADELPHIA — It was a historic night for Placido Polanco.

Polanco got his 2,000th career hit in the 8th inning, and helped the Phillies to a 5-1 win by scoring three times on the game. His 2,000th hit was a two-run bomb to left-center, his first homer of the season.

Polanco’s offense, along with the spark provided by Freddy Galvis and Carlos Ruiz throughout the night were enough for starter Joe Blanton to get his fourth win of the season

Blanton pitched into the 8th for the second time in his last three starts, dominating the poor Astros offense in the win. In seven-plus innings, Blanton allowed a run on six hits and a walk, striking out seven.

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