Rookie reliever Michael Schwimer pitches in his major league debut. He allowed a run on two hits and struck out four in three innings. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
It was a slider that just wouldn’t break.
Brad Lidge came inside on Jonny Gomes with the slider but the breaking ball hung, hitting Gomes. The only problem with that was the fact it was the bottom of the 10th and the bases were loaded. Ryan Zimmerman, Friday night’s hero with a walk-off grand slam, trotted home as the game’s winning run.
You can say the Phillies were cursed with the two most dramatic evils in getting walked-off. On one side, Ryan Madson gave up six runs in the 9th inning, capped by a grand slam by Zimmerman in the Nats 8-4 win Friday. Then there was Brad Lidge, greeted again with the bases loaded and losing the game for the Phils in the most anti-climactic way: a walk-off hit batter to lost 5-4.
The last time that’s happened for the Phils? Try 1998 when Mark Leiter hit Richard Hidalgo of the Houston Astros.
Heading into today’s game, the Phillies had blown four saves all year, two in the 9th. They wound up adding two more this game, including Antonio Bastardo’s blown save in the 9th.
Holding a 4-3 lead, Bastardo surrendered the game-tying solo home run to Ian Desmond.
Prior to that 9th, the Phillies twice took leads in the game. Chase Utley’s solo home run in the 3rd gave the Phils a 3-2 lead before Michael Schwimer gave up a home run to Danny Espinosa in the 6th to tie the game. Schwimer was then put in line for the win when Michael Martinez drove in Raul Ibanez from second to give the Phils a 4-3 lead.
But Antonio Bastardo hung a fastball to Desmond, sending the game to extras for Lidge to foil.
Lost in the loss was the debut of Schwimer. The first batter Schwimer faced was Espinosa and he welcomed the 6’8″ rookie with a solo blast to right center. But Schwimer shrugged off the bomb, working through the 6th inning, striking out the side in the 7th, and giving up a hit and notching his 4th strike out in the 8th to treat the Phils to a nice debut.
At one point, Schwimer retired eight straight batters before Espinosa singled off Schwimer, the second hit for the two-bagger off the rookie. Schwimer also took his hand at batting. It was the first professional at-bat for Schwimer, who never swung the lumber down in the minors. It ended as expected, with Schwimer taking a big hack but missing strike three.
Also lost in the game was Jimmy Rollins leaving with an injury. Rollins strained his groin while making a nice diving stop up in the middle in the 3rd. He will have an MRI tomorrow.
HR: Ruiz (5), Utley (9).
WP: Burnett (4-5). LP: Lidge (0-1).